Her experiences as a librarian during a time in which reference questions could not be easily and conveniently Googled and carefully maintained card catalogs were the backbone of libraries was fascinating. Of course, there is a question of audience. Did anyone else predict that she a married Mr. I give her a lot of credit. A good-natured and clear-eyed window into life for a young woman in the 1930s and 1940s, from eking her way through school on Spam sandwiches to being slapped on the bottom by a military C. This prompted her to write her first book about a boy named Henry. I enjoyed this book and found it more personal than A Girl from Yamhill, which I thought was written rather matter-of-factly.
It is a fascinating look at her life and a writing career that spans three generations, continuing to capture the hearts and imaginations of children of all ages throughout the world. Continuing right where her first memoir, A Girl from Yamhill, left off, My Own Two Feet chronicles the life of Beverly Cleary from the summer before college to the publication of her first book, Henry Huggins. And Henry Huggins is born and Ribsy! Here's one: I found six dollars in the style of the times. She sits for the dreaded English Comprehensives and goes off to attend graduate school in library science. So the book ends with a beginning. They never should have had a child, but then, of course, we never would have had wonderful Beverly Cleary and her delightful books.
Thank you, Beverly Cleary for not giving up your dream. These books would be wonderful for anyone given the expanse of decades her experiences cross, but most especially for those fans who've enjoyed her children's books for nearly the century she's lived. I got a thrill walking down leafy Klickitat Street although I wondered if its residents tired of tourists snapping pictures of their street signs. April 21, 2016, at the. I highly recommend the book and will immediately purchase her book about the earlier years of her life.
I don't know if this is a book for anyone, though, as she goes pretty in-depth with college classes which may significantly bore a non fan or someo Did anyone else predict that she a married Mr. As a mother myself, I further wondered how being a mother might have affected her writing, or how her experience as a children's librarian and author might have affected her parenting. It's all in the details. And, bravest of all, she was happy and successful despite her parents. I loved reading this book and the first memoir, A Girl from Yamhill. Cleary and they moved to Oakland, California. When she was six years old, her family moved to , where her father had secured a job as a bank security officer.
Admittedly, I skipped her first autobio and went straight for this one. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. La pluie, la pluie, la pluie! In fact, exactly 50 years ago is when I began reading Beverly Cleary's books, during the summer of 1967 when I was six and going into the first grade -- I was a precocious kid already reading at 4th grader level. She's just on the cusp of succeeding despite poor odds when we leave her, secure in the knowledge that everything will work out. Indeed, almost everything I previously knew about Oregon came from Beverly Cleary's writing--first from her beloved children's books, many of which are set in northeast Portland, and later from her two memoirs, and.
In 1934, Beverly Bunn left home to attend college in California, which she imagined as the land of orange groves and movie stars, far removed from the hardships of the Depression. Cleary has lived in , since before her husband's death in 2004; as of 2016 , she lives in a retirement home there. As a fan of Beverly Cleary's works, I wish the book had provided even more background on her life as an author, like where she found her inspiration for other characters besides Henry Huggins, and what anecdotes in her books came from incidents in real life. Taken together, the books offer an absorbing account of growing up on the West Coast during the Great Depression, and the cautious optimism of young Americans in the years that followed it. She has a good time and gets good grades. Meanwhile she makes friends, dates boys, attends classes, and occasionally deals with her incredibly negative mother.
Her education was cut short by the attack on Pearl Harbor, and she left school to marry my grandfather so that they could be interned together. There is limited opportunity, and that is a complete understatement. I highly recommend this memoir of librarian and children's author Beverly Cleary, especially to my librarian friends and fans of her books. She's so smart and funny. Clarence Cleary died in 2004.
She's very straightforward and doesn't hesitate to hold back her mother being overly protective, or as some reviewers have called her, neurotic. I lover her writing as much today as I did when I was in the 3rd grade. Each chapter delighted me with remembrances of the characters in her books; I could not wait to see which character was pulled from real life next. I wanted to read, but somehow could not. Now the creator of the classic children's stories millions grew up with continues her own fascination story.