Beverly Cleary grew up in Portland and based many of her books in her childhood neighborhood in Northeast Portland. Grant Park in particular makes an appearance in many of her books. A group of teachers, librarians and business people raised money to create the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden for Children with three life-sized sculptures of Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Henry’s dog Ribsy. I have to admit my sympathies were often with Beezus due to having younger sisters of my own.
We ventured over to Grant Park to visit the sculptures on Sunday. We managed to take a few photos during a quiet moment when the endless stream of children who came to play in the water were elsewhere.
Mr. N behaved himself and took Beezus as a role model rather than Ramona. He didn’t beg and waited patiently (for him) while we ate our picnic snacks. He didn’t bark at any dogs (except in play) and posed nicely for the photos while trying his best not to get wet. He was not a pest unlike the toddler who kept trying to chase Mr. N around the off-leash area.
Do you have a favorite Beverly Cleary book?