A Girl from Yamhill

A Girl from Yamhill Before she became one of the most beloved children s book authors Beverly Cleary was a mischievous little girl in Yamhill Oregon Beginning with life on the farm she brings life to her childhood exp

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  • Title: A Girl from Yamhill
  • Author: Beverly Cleary
  • ISBN: 9780440401858
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • Before she became one of the most beloved children s book authors, Beverly Cleary was a mischievous little girl in Yamhill, Oregon Beginning with life on the farm, she brings life to her childhood experiences.

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    1. 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.

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. I have started DD age 8 reading the Ramona books and while buying those I found this autobiography of Beverly Cleary. I didn't know she was an Oregonian. My MIL says Ms. Cleary frequently was a guest at the state fair and other places. Certainly an author I remember from my childhood.

    5. Beverly Cleary was able to cut straight to the heart of things giving her reader a clear vision of her early life in Yamhill and later in Portland, Oregon. She tells of the life of a little girl on a farm, acknowledging how difficult farm life was for her mother and their subsequent move to Portland where life was difficult for her father who missed the outdoors. Although far from the Midwest, her recollections about the Depression weren't so different from my grandmother's stories about home an [...]

    6. I loved reading about Cleary’s life. It was fun to notice things in her life that she incorporated in her fiction. But there’s a sadness to her childhood. I’m curious and anxious to read her second memoir to know how things turned out.

    7. 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 far more of the Romona books than any other books we've ever tried.Her autobiogra [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. It took me a little while to get into it but this was a very fun read. This Beverly Cleary's memoir about her life up until she leaves for college. So much of her life ended up in her stories.

    11. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was like being a fly on the wall during the formative years of the wonderful author Beverly Cleary. I tend to shy away from memoirs because they often don't ring quite true, but I think Cleary really tried to be as objective as possible when writing this book. Mrs. Cleary's great desire as a child was to feel loved by her parents, to be told by her parents they loved her, and those instances were far and few between. Her mother seemed bent on making sure her on [...]

    12. A wonderful and awesome book called “A Girl From Yamhill” by Beverly Cleary.This book is about a little girl talking about her childhood from the past that we didn’t know about the past also.Another thing that was so interesting about her story was that it was biography and for me that this is interesting is because I love biography books plus this is one of the most interesting books that I have ever read than the other books that I’ve read in my past and I think that the rest of the pe [...]

    13. I grew up reading about Ramona and Beezus and Henry Huggins, so it was fun to read an autobiographical account of Beverly Cleary's own childhood. It's obvious that she drew heavily on her own experiences for her books, which is probably why they felt so relatable to me as a kid. I really like the writing style in this autobiography, and I love that she remembers even her very early childhood so vividly. I also appreciate the way she makes everyday life come alive, whether it's school, summers wi [...]

    14. *** Warning: This review contains spoilers! *** I picked up this book to read aloud with Isabelle because I really, really enjoyed reading the Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins series with her. We both thought it would be fun to learn more about the author together. This book was just on the verge of holding Isabelle's interest. It does not have a strong narrative flow besides being told chronologically. The author basically very matter-of-factly recounts a series of choppy remembrances from her c [...]

    15. Like many other girls my age, I grew up reading Beverly Cleary.Her books about Ramona Quimby spoke to me like no other books did. While I always told people that my favorite book was Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (a trip to a land of chocolate? Yes, please), I was always inevitably drawn back to Ramona and Beezus and Henry Huggins. While I loved the fantasy world of Willy Wonka, it was the realism of Klickitat Street that always called me back.It's a credit to Cleary's writing t [...]

    16. Beverly Cleary is my all-time favorite children's author. No other writer so vividly captures the heart and mind of the child. This book, the first of her two-part memoirs, follows her story from a brief history of her grandparents and parents, all the way through her high school graduation and journey to California to go to college.Her early childhood on the farm was rather lonely. An only child, she was left much to herself, and seemed closer to her grandparents than to her parents. Like Ramon [...]

    17. If memory serves, I started to read this when it came out in 1988, but was deterred by the sad fact that to my 12-year-old self, Beverly Cleary was passe (when I had moved on to much more adult things, you know, like V.C. Andrews) and by a central character less compelling than Emily Bartlett, Leigh Botts, Jane Purdy (still my favorites). But I'm glad I waited, actually, because all the geography means a LOT more to me now; I too love going to the Hollywood Theater, for instance, and I have been [...]

    18. I enjoyed this book but I didn't love it. I found the earlier portions of Cleary's life far more interesting (and easier to read about) than her late teens. There is a lot of weirdness around her relationship with her mother, and it didn't feel like she really explained it very well. I wonder if it's because her books are loved by so many kids, maybe she worried about writing too much discomfiting stuff about her mom. I walked away from this book wanting either more or less, I don't know for sur [...]

    19. Beverly Cleary gives us a genuine snapshot of her life growing up in Oregon during the Depression. Using her own diaries, memory, and a writer's knack for weaving in history she tells her own story of growing up with a controlling and possessive mother and an often sad and frustrated father. I could clearly see how she used her experiences to create Ramona Quimby. Now that I know how difficult her youth really was, I love the delightful exploits of Ramona even more. She made something wonderful [...]

    20. This book was a replacement book for my book club since the one we had scheduled wasn't available. It was just okay, very middle of the road. I could have been about anyone's childhood up through graduation. Beverly Cleary was such a good children's author that it was fun to have some background on her, but that's about all I need to read of her memoirs.

    21. I really enjoyed learning about Beverly Cleary's childhood, but was saddened to learn of her difficult relationship with her mother. She ended the memoir at the time she left home after high school. I would have liked to learn more about her later life - writing career, marriage and whether she ever resolved things with her mother.

    22. I loved Beverly Cleary's books when I read them as a child and again as my children were the right age for them. It was fun to read about her own childhood in early 20th-century Portland, Oregon. I thought I could see hints of Ramona in Cleary's early years. As a child, I certainly identified with the older sister Beezus.

    23. I love Beverly Cleary. I have read this book before, but this time it was fun to actually know the places in Portland that she talked about. It is amazing how clearly she remembers her childhood. As in her children's books, Mrs. Cleary writes in a simple, concise style that speaks straight to the reader.

    24. What a great book!! Loved reading about Beverly Cleary's childhood. Ramona books were my favorite growing up. She is a talented story teller in both children's books and her own memoir.

    25. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Highly recommended for anyone who read Beverly Cleary's books as a kid.

    26. Long before Beverly Cleary became a household name to generations of children who love her books, she was just a girl who grew up on a farm in the small town of Yamhill, Oregon. When she was a little older her family leased the farm and moved to Portland where Beverly's life took on a more typical existence. Instead of wandering through meadows looking for wildflowers, she had school and friends. She was a voracious reader and one of her greatest joys was graduating eighth grade and getting an a [...]

    27. Memoir of Beverly Cleary’s childhood, from her early years living on a farm in Yamhill, Oregon, through her high school graduation in Portland.Cleary has an astounding memory. I loved the first part of the book about her life as a cherished only child, and could see a lot of Ramona Quimby in her. Unfortunately, as she became a teenager, the detailed memories deteriorated into chapters upon chapters of grievances against her mother. While it’s clear that her mother was on the controlling side [...]

    28. I love that Beverly went back as far as her great grandparents to tell her story. As a prolific children's author, I enjoyed reading about her life and how she came to make the life choices she made. I picked this book up near her childhood home in Portland, Oregon. The four story high local bookstore loves her -- of course! I couldn't leave the store without SOMETHING Beverly Cleary. She was celebrating her 100th year of life last summer when we visited. Great stories. Tells a lot about what li [...]

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