aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Happy Birthday, Beverly!

It's Beverly Cleary's 95th birthday! When she was working on one of her Ramona books, she spent two weeks observing the classroom of Ms. Gray, who later went on to my my daughter's third grade teacher, and one of the best teachers she has ever had.

Teen worshipped Ms. Gray (which kind of embarrasses her now). Once, back in the day, we were in a store and my daughter thought she smelled Ms. Gray, although it must have been someone wearing the same perfume (a scent so subtle I never noticed it).

While she doesn’t live here anymore, Beverly spent most of her life in Portland. Not only does Portland have a Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden with sculptures of Ramona, Henry and Ribsy, one of the library branches has two terra cotta busts of Ramona - one happy and one sad.

Interestingly, as a child, Beverly was placed in a “low reading circle.” Shows how wrong labels can be.

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