Guess who is turning 100 in April? The girl from Yamhill, that’s who.
This A-list author has inspired readers and writers since she first put pen to paper.
Have you read Beverly Cleary’s “First Love” series? There are four books: Fifteen (1956); The Luckiest Girl (1958); Jean and Johnny (1959); and Sister of the Bride (1963). They deal with ‘first love’ and ‘coming of age’. Get a copy or three. They give you a sense of what teens (like some of us) used to read and how they navigated life in a gentler time. Landslides of nostaglia. And still in print.
And, then, of course, there are her standing-ovation getters ~Ramona, Ralph, Beezus, Henry, Ribsy, Maggie, Socks, Ellen, Otis. Cleary’s glitterati, still going strong, not a sissy in the bunch.
I feel sometimes that in children’s books there are more and more grim problems, but I don’t know that I want to burden third- and fourth-graders with them.
I’m glad she didn’t. Cleary saw the world through a child’s eyes and wrapped a comforting arm around their shoulders. Perfect strokes for little folks.