I loved Beverly Cleary’s books even more when we read them to our children than I did when I read them as a child. It’s because she has a unique ability to capture the way a child sees the world, filtered through the sympathetic understanding of an insightful adult who also happens to be an exceptional writer. I am especially fond of The Ramona Collection but love all of her books, even her autobiography, A Girl from Yamhill. The television series with Sarah Polley was quite good and I am hoping the upcoming movie will be, too.
Critics: Which Movies Get Childhood Right? Thanks to Sam Adams and Indiewire for including me in their survey of critics about our favorite movies from the perspective of a child. Here was my answer:
"To Kill a Mockingbird" somehow captures the voice of the novel in allowing us to see ...
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