October 24, 2012
Ms. Margaret Honey, Professor
Six year old Ramona may be young, but she prides herself on being brave. The books starts off with some older boys teasing her sister, Beezus, and Ramona stands up for her. However, Ramona does not receive the praise she feels she deserves. Beezus ends up mad at her for embarrassing her in front of the boys. The book progresses with Ramona starting first grade, and having a new teacher, Mrs. Griggs, who she feels doesn’t like her. Her classmates tease Ramona and don’t believe her when she tells about how her house has a hole in it and isn’t given the opportunity to explain how the hole will be her new room. She also has an issue with Susan, who copies off Ramona’s paper owl and she has difficulty dealing with how the students and teacher perceive her. She then destroys the classmate’s owl, and runs out of the classroom. Ramona then runs home after school to put everything behind her, but she slips on the wet sidewalk and skins her knee. Ramona's mother calls her brave for not crying and announces that the extra bedroom is finished and that Ramona will be the first to sleep there. Ramona tries to sleep in her new room while Mr. and Mrs. Quimby go to school for parent teacher night. She leaves a note asking her mother to come see her when she gets home. Impressed by Ramona's note, Mrs. Quimby visits Ramona in the new bedroom. She tells Ramona that Mrs. Griggs expects her to apologize for ruining Susan's artwork. Ramona does apologize, but she doesn’t think It’s fair. Sometimes, Ramona is scared when sleeping in the new bedroom. She fondly remembers when she and her sister shared a room and giggled together. Meanwhile Mrs. Griggs sends home progress reports, and Ramona hides hers. When Beezus presents her report at dinner, Mr. Quimby asks to see Ramona's report. Ramona’s report is mostly positive but mentions that...