A Girl from Yamhill

A Girl from Yamhill➶ A Girl from Yamhill Free ➬ Author Beverly Cleary – Bluevapours.co.uk Told in her own words, A Girl from Yamhill is Newbery Medal winning author Beverly Cleary s heartfelt and relatable memoir now with a beautifully redesigned cover Generations of children have read Bev Told in her own words, A Girl from Yamhill is Newbery Medal winning author Beverly Cleary s heartfelt and relatable memoir now with a beautifully redesigned cover Generations of children have read Beverly Cleary s books From Ramona Quimby to Henry Huggins, Ralph S Mouse to Ellen Tebbits, she has created an evergreen body of work based on the humorous tales and heartfelt anxieties of middle graders But in A Girl from Yamhill, A Girl PDF or Beverly Cleary tells a personal story her story of what adolescence was like In warm but honest detail, Beverly describes life in Oregon during the Great Depression, including her difficulties in learning to read, and offers a slew of anecdotes that were, perhaps, the inspiration for some of her beloved storiesFor everyone who has enjoyed the pranks and schemes, embarrassing moments, and all of the other poignant and colorful images of childhood brought to life in Beverly Cleary s books, here is the fascinating true story of the remarkable woman who created them.

Beverly Cleary born April , is the author of over books for young adults and children Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice Beezus , Henry Huggins, and Ralph S MouseBeverly Cleary was born Beverly Atlee Bunn in McMinnville, Oregon When A Girl PDF or she was , her family moved to Portland, Oregon, where she went to grammar and high school She was slow in learning to read, due partly to her dissatisfaction with the books she was required to read and partly to an unpleasant first grade teacher It wasn t until she was in third grade that she found enjoyment from books, when she started reading The Dutch Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins Thereafter, she was a frequent visitor to the library, though she rarely found the books she most wanted to read those about children like herselfShe moved to California to attend the University of California, Berkeley, and after graduation with a BA in English in , studied at the School of Librarianship at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she earned a degree in librarianship in Her first job was as a librarian in Yakima, Washington, where she met many children who were searching for the same books that she had always hoped to find as a child herself In response, she wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, which was published in Beezus and Ramona, Cleary s first novel to feature the Quimby sisters as the central focus of the story, was published in , although Beezus and Ramona made frequent appearances in the Henry Huggins series as supporting charactersIn she married Clarence T Cleary and they moved to Oakland, California The Clearys became parents to a set of twins, Marianne Elisabeth and Malcolm James, in Clarence Cleary died in Beverly Cleary currently lives in Carmel, CaliforniaShe has also written two autobiographies, A Girl from Yamhill and My Own Two Feet.

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  • 352 pages
  • A Girl from Yamhill
  • Beverly Cleary
  • English
  • 05 July 2019
  • 0380727404

10 thoughts on “A Girl from Yamhill

  1. Julie says:

    One summer, several years ago, I scrubbed my house from end to end, then scrambled to get my kids in the car in time to pick up my mother from the Denver Airport, which is so inconveniently positioned from my house, it might as well be located in Dubai.We arrived at baggage claim, late as usual and sweating, and were greeted with a half hug from my mother and her immediate complaints about the airlines and the flight As I held my kids back from the conveyor belt and simultaneously grabbed her s One summer, several years ago, I scrubbed my house from end to end, then scrambled to get my kids in the car in time to pick up my mother from the Denver Airport, which is so inconveniently positioned from my house, it might as well be located in Dubai.We arrived at baggage claim, late as usual and sweating, and were greeted with a half hug from my mother and her immediate complaints about the airlines and the flight As I held my kids back from the conveyor belt and simultaneously grabbed her suitcase, my mother s litany of complaints continued, but she stopped long enough to look down at my legs in a pair of shorts and declare to me, Well, I ll give you this much Your legs still look good, but you re getting older, and it won t be long before they start to look like hell Welcome to Colorado, Mom Now get the fuck back on the plane.Generation after generation after generation, women like my mother have been spit out by the universe, sent here to tell us when our hair looks good, when our hair looks bad, when our breath smells good, when our breath smells bad, when our legs look good, when our legs look bad There s no time to waste on niceties or kindnesses or compliments Or grandchildren Some women just can t get over the idea that your hair won t ever hold a curl or that bangs just don t look good on you, despite your college degrees, your talents, or your well behaved children.It s such bullshit, all of it Personally, I can t stand it when my daughter walks over to give me a hug and I tell her, Honey, your hair s getting oily, you need to shower today I hate it I hate it when I do this, when my daughter offers me love, and I give her negative feedback on her appearance instead I don t ever want to be the sixty something mother at the airport telling one of my daughters that it won t be long before your legs start to look like hell I d rather be dead before that day comes, and I m not kidding.Beverly Cleary knows what I m talking about More than I ever would have guessed She had the same type of mother I had, and she was terrified of becoming that type of mother in turn.I had no idea that one of my writing idols endured the same type of childhood that I did No, she was not abused no, she was not starving pretty poor, though , but she could never, ever do anything right.My eyes filled with quick tears, several times throughout this memoir, but most significantly when I came to this memory of Ms Cleary s from high school One evening, when Mother and I were washing and wiping the supper dishes, she said, You know, you are the type that will fade quickly Ugh Our mothers can be so soul crushing Beverly was never pretty enough, healthy enough, quick enough, beguiling enough or smart enough Her hair was never right, her complexion always wrong.Yet, I don t want to give you the impression that Ms Cleary does a bunch of bellyaching here She does not This is, in fact, a story that shines in its honest, unembellished style.This memoir was, unexpectedly, the one I have related to the most closely in my life There s no arrogance or ego here, no name dropping, no posturing, just one woman wondering how you find your way in life when you have never known unconditional love

  2. Janet says:

    I love this book SO much My mom bought this for me when I was a kid, and reading it made me realize for the first time that authors were actually real people It remains one of my most treasured books, and I m thrilled to see it s back so I can stock it in my store.

  3. Tatevik Najaryan says:

    Are you a huge fan of Miss Cleary s writing or were you as a kid This book is just for you.It s a pity I couldn t say that about a year ago, but then I read the Ramona series I feel in love from head to toe with her pure, funny, joyful, and innocent writing And of course, Ramona.And somehow I guessed Ramona was her childhood, but I didn t know how much her work was influenced by her personal life The happy and supportive families for what she craved for were created, but the adventures and s Are you a huge fan of Miss Cleary s writing or were you as a kid This book is just for you.It s a pity I couldn t say that about a year ago, but then I read the Ramona series I feel in love from head to toe with her pure, funny, joyful, and innocent writing And of course, Ramona.And somehow I guessed Ramona was her childhood, but I didn t know how much her work was influenced by her personal life The happy and supportive families for what she craved for were created, but the adventures and school life, some little incidents, financial difficulties All was there, in her life In Klickitat Street Some parts of the memoir were so relatable to my feelings from my personal life I perfectly knew what she felt.I didn t read all her books but I found parts on the pages of this memoir Ramona, Henry, First love series.I look forward to reading her second memoir.I guess this was the last book for this year I was not at all disappointed The conclusion had a handfull of hope that everything will turn out to be good

  4. Celeste Peterson says:

    Although it s difficult to tell what age group she is writing this book for, Beverly does an excellent job telling the story of her youth with honesty Clearly she and her mother had a complicated relationship, and when needed, her quiet dad gave her the gumption to get out of dodge and begin her future I loved reading this in the summer and the book was most interesting describing how the teenagers and their families survived the great depression I yearn for the simpler time when teenagers we Although it s difficult to tell what age group she is writing this book for, Beverly does an excellent job telling the story of her youth with honesty Clearly she and her mother had a complicated relationship, and when needed, her quiet dad gave her the gumption to get out of dodge and begin her future I loved reading this in the summer and the book was most interesting describing how the teenagers and their families survived the great depression I yearn for the simpler time when teenagers were happy dancing, talking, walking and playing music Seems like none of that holds any interest for the kids of today

  5. StMargarets says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is the first half of Beverly Cleary s autobiography It tells of her early childhood on a farm in Yamhill, Oregan and then her family s move to Portland before the depression An only child, she describes her school, learning to read, her early memories of writing, and her fraught relationship with her mother The book ends with her high school graduation and her journey to home of earthquakes California to attend junior college She wrote another book called My Own Two Feet, and now I w This is the first half of Beverly Cleary s autobiography It tells of her early childhood on a farm in Yamhill, Oregan and then her family s move to Portland before the depression An only child, she describes her school, learning to read, her early memories of writing, and her fraught relationship with her mother The book ends with her high school graduation and her journey to home of earthquakes California to attend junior college She wrote another book called My Own Two Feet, and now I want to read that because she is such a good writer and I wonder how it went in California for her How she met her husband and started writing, etc There are so many incidents in Beverly Cleary s life that show up in her stories She was small and energetic and inquisitive like Ramona Her father lost his job during the depression and she covers the stress the whole family feels in Ramona s Father She vividly remembers the triumphs and humiliations of elementary school, junior high and high school I don t know if Fifteen or Sister of the Bride or Jean and Johnny were as popular as the Henry or Ramona books but I remember loving them Especially Fifteen when the heroine gets her nice guy It s no coincidence that the Beverly started dating going to dances, having a boy drop in for snacks at fifteen Unfortunately, the guy her mother encouraged, wasn t all that nice and Beverly never really liked him There was another incident of a funny uncle that never made it into her books but it was refreshing to see her talk so candidly about not keeping kids in the dark.There were so many of her stories that reminded me of my grandmother s stories of the Depression Everything was grim, grim, grim and then suddenly the circus came to town and they watched the parade for free or the berries ripened and someone had a quart of cream to share It does make you realize what a stressful time that was for everyone.This is at Open Library if you re interested Highly recommended

  6. Heidi says:

    Like so many girls from my generation, my childhood memories are inescapably linked with Beverly Cleary s books I remember Ramona s escapades better than I remember some of my own Ellen Tebbits, Henry Huggins, Beezus, and Ramona were all my friends and still seem real to me When I was 8 or 9 I wrote Beverly Cleary a letter, and she wrote back And she didn t just send a form letter it was a handwritten card which directly referenced the letter I had sent Getting that card was a highlight of Like so many girls from my generation, my childhood memories are inescapably linked with Beverly Cleary s books I remember Ramona s escapades better than I remember some of my own Ellen Tebbits, Henry Huggins, Beezus, and Ramona were all my friends and still seem real to me When I was 8 or 9 I wrote Beverly Cleary a letter, and she wrote back And she didn t just send a form letter it was a handwritten card which directly referenced the letter I had sent Getting that card was a highlight of my young life I still have it somewhere.When I saw that she had written an autobiography, I dropped everything to read it D.E.A.R am I remembering that correctly It was a heartwarming memoir of a girl born during World War I When I think of things like Prohibition and the Depression I usually think of them as distant events, but they re within Beverly Cleary s living memory She talks about the good and the bad games with neighbourhood kids which will sound familiar to anyone who s read the Ramona books , fights with her mother, school, her father s unemployment during the Depression, and so on.Worth reading

  7. Susann says:

    Wonderful memoirs from Beverly Cleary Setting aside the mother issue for a moment, Beverly had a fairly ordinary Depression era childhood and adolescence, with the usual type of childhood injustices As she describes them, though, she s not nursing those grievances, she s showing us how she never lost the ability to tap straight into that childhood dismay when a friend snubs you or a teacher thoughtlessly insults you And that right there is her gift.Her mother, though Her mother is what makes Wonderful memoirs from Beverly Cleary Setting aside the mother issue for a moment, Beverly had a fairly ordinary Depression era childhood and adolescence, with the usual type of childhood injustices As she describes them, though, she s not nursing those grievances, she s showing us how she never lost the ability to tap straight into that childhood dismay when a friend snubs you or a teacher thoughtlessly insults you And that right there is her gift.Her mother, though Her mother is what makes so many sections, especially the high school ones, so difficult to read Today Mrs Bunn would be the worst kind of Facebook mom, oversharing details of her daughter s life and hovering over her daughter s own fb page Highly recommended, and the sequel is even better.My pre Goodreads book journal says that I last read this 8 4 05, in preparation for my first trip to Oregon Has it really been that long since a re read

  8. Stephanie says:

    After starting Beverly Cleary s Henry Huggins with my kids, I decided to find a biography on her I found this autobiography chronicling her life from her earliest memories to her high school graduation.Her childhood spent on her family farm was nothing short but idyllic Flowers Farm life Books She spends some considerable time describing her pioneer ancestors, who are repeatedly brought up throughout her life as inspiration when things get tough Her early depictions of herself remind me mu After starting Beverly Cleary s Henry Huggins with my kids, I decided to find a biography on her I found this autobiography chronicling her life from her earliest memories to her high school graduation.Her childhood spent on her family farm was nothing short but idyllic Flowers Farm life Books She spends some considerable time describing her pioneer ancestors, who are repeatedly brought up throughout her life as inspiration when things get tough Her early depictions of herself remind me much of what I recall from the type of child Ramona was Cleary s youth was haunted by mainly school She did not like school at first, finding the teachers rude and mean I laughed at many points where she described the classroom, saying back in those days, that parents always sided with the teacher This book was written in 1988, and I laughed because this is the criticism of the day, 30 years later of parents today that we side with the student Well Cleary certainly believed it was already that way in 1988 There were very many sad moments that Cleary describes with her mother She talks, with sadness, about her friend s mother who hugs, kisses, and vocalizes her love Comparatively, her mother never does these things with her Cleary also senses a closeness between her girlfriends and their mothers Something Cleary wishes she had As she gets older, she feels that her mother merely uses her as a means to relive her youth, becoming very controlling Cleary makes many of her decisions based on whether it will please her mother or not Aside from this, Cleary does share, at one point, a bit of advice her mother gives her She tells Cleary that simple writing is the best Cleary is a very simple writer and often does not go into extra details I feel this is why children and adults enjoy her reading Cleary allows the reader to use their imagination. something Cleary confesses her mother insisted she used but rarely gave her the opportunity to do so.I thoroughly enjoyed Cleary s account of her life Her honest portrayals provided an array of emotions happiness, sadness, worry, and relief All things that good writing brings out of a reader

  9. Jennifer says:

    Sometimes I mark a book I love as read but then don t write a full review I always vow later to come back and finish it I rarely do, so I m happy I have the chance to do right by this book I ve been rereading the famous Ramona books to my kids My oldest son has global delays and has some difficulty following verbal information Something about Beverly Cleary s writing captures him He retains and understands farof the Romona books than any other books we ve ever tried Her autobio Sometimes I mark a book I love as read but then don t write a full review I always vow later to come back and finish it I rarely do, so I m happy I have the chance to do right by this book I ve been rereading the famous Ramona books to my kids My oldest son has global delays and has some difficulty following verbal information Something about Beverly Cleary s writing captures him He retains and understands farof the Romona books than any other books we ve ever tried Her autobiography illuminates the experiences that give her the ability to paint childhood in a way children recognize as authentic Growing up she had a quiet sympathetic father and a distant slightly neurotic mother Although she loved her mother she could never quite understand how to please her This gave her a great deal of empathy for children struggling to understand the rules of an adult world This book is just the first half of a two volume set It covers her early childhood to around the end of High School I love not just her quick wit but all the lovely historical details that come from someone writing about a time period that they lived through Even if you never touch any of her fiction this work is completely worth the time

  10. Whitney says:

    A thoughtful, engaging journey from the perspective of the famous author, herself Tone shifts from the optimistic, resilient POV of childhood, and moves toward clarity and solemness as she shows her experiences as a young adult Cleary makes sure to present as much fun as possible but does not disguise the realness of her struggles.

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