Friday 5: Beverly Cleary Tribute
Published February 10, 2012
Books , Friday 5 , United States
Tags: Beverly Cleary, children's literature, Henry Huggins, Klickitat Street, Northwest, Oregon, Portland, Ramona Quimby, Ribsy, young readers
When I had short hair as a child I liked to imagine it was a “pixie haircut” like Ramona Quimby. Did you love Ramona and her friends as a young reader? Do you remember that they lived in Portland, Oregon, which was also the home of her creator, Beverly Cleary?
I didn’t remember that until my sister moved to Portland a few years ago. The classic image of Ramona in rain boots makes sense given what I now know about Northwestern weather! I visited my sister last week and found several signs of Portland’s Beverly Cleary pride.
Elementary/middle school named after Portland's beloved author, Beverly Cleary.
Henry Huggins statue; this character actually came before Ramona, who was a minor character in the Henry Huggins books.
Statue of Henry Huggins' dog, Ribsy, in the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden, Grant Park.
The street Ramona lived on!
Ramona Quimby, age 8.