•  March 7-23, 2018
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    ClearyLibrarian (above, L) US President George W. Bush, center, stands with recipients of the National Medal of Arts in the Oval Office of the White House 12 November 2003 in Washington, DC. From left are: blues musician Buddy Guy; dancer and artistic director Suzanne Farrell; Bush; children's book author Beverly Cleary; and actor-director Ron Howard. TIM SLOAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES   (above, R) Plaque at the library and Ramona statue in Grant Park, both in Beverly's hometown of Portland, Oregon.

    (L) 'Beverly Cleary spent a year as a children’s librarian from late 1939 to late 1940, which helped define the writing style that would set Cleary apart and allow her to connect with millions of young readers over the course of the next half-century. Cleary said as much in her 1995 memoir, “My Own Two Feet.” “Listening to Yakima’s children tell me about the books they read gave me valuable insights into the children and their reading,” she  wrote. '  http://www.yakimaherald.com/scene/kids-book-author-beverly-cleary-s-formative-year-as-a/article_e219e4ea-f967-11e5-9261-e3cb5923df8b.html

  • If you'd like to listen to a Mountview staff member read a chapter of the book, click on the chapter number below.  Be sure to follow along with the text!  
    Reading Schedule


    Chapter One: to be read on March 7

    Read on video by Miss Bellino, Principal, and Mrs. Peggy Wagner, School Secretary.

    Creative thinking questions: 

    Mrs. Gridley did not want to stay at the motel. Would your mom have reacted the way Mrs. Gridley did to the motel? Why or why not?


    Chapter Two: to be read on March 8

    Read on video by Miss Lyndsey Merten and Miss Gabriela Bracho, 2nd Grade Teachers

    Creative thinking question #1: 

    If you stayed at the motel, which one of your belongings might a mouse like to play with? Why?

    Creative thinking question #2: 

    When Ralph encounters the motorcycle, the text tells us that he feels it is “an important moment” in his life. What has been an important moment in your own life? Write about it or draw a picture.


    Chapter Three: to be read on March 9

    Read on video by Mrs. Michele Pratola, Computer Teacher

    Creative thinking question: 

    Imagine that you are a mouse at the motel, and you hear Ralph in the wastebasket. How would you help him escape? Try drawing a picture of your plan.


    Chapter Four: to be read on March 12

    Read on video by Mrs. Christina Kalavrouziotis, 4th Grade Teacher and Mrs. Maureen Allieri, Kindergarten Teacher.

    Creative thinking questions: 

    Think about the word dignity from chapter 4; what did it mean that Keith “permitted Ralph to walk to freedom with pride and dignity”?

    If you could talk to any animal, which one would you choose? What would you ask it?  


    Chapter Five: to be read on March 13

    Read on video by Mrs. Heather Rizzo, 3rd Grade Teacher

    Before you read chapter 5, look up these words:    exhilarated    captive    reluctantly   glinted

    Creative thinking question: 

    If you were a mouse, what are the top 3 things that you would be afraid of? Explain why for each.


    Chapter Six: to be read on March 14

    Read on video by Mrs. Justine Conte, Mrs. Laura Petro, Mrs. Sandra Wylie; our Accelerated Math, BSI, & PACT team.

    Before you read chapter 6, look up the word chastened.

    Creative thinking question: 

    If you could order anything from room service, what would you order?


    Chapter Seven: to be read on March 15

    Read on video by Miss Caitlyn Vassoler, 3rd Grade Teacher, Mr. Richard Gathen, 4th Grade Teacher, and Miss Danielle Martucci, 5th Grade Teacher.

    Before you read Chapter 7, understand the word generous.

    Creative thinking questions:

    Why does Ralph consider Keith a generous boy?

    What are some clues that tell us Ralph likes Keith?

    Explain what you think Ralph will tell the boy about the motorcycle.


    Chapter Eight: to be read on March 16

    Read on video by Ms. Kristin Kubala & Mrs. Cori DeSino, 1st and 2nd Grade Teachers

    Before you read chapter 8, understand the word tactless.

    Creative thinking activity: 

    Write an apology note from Ralph to Keith.


    Chapter Nine: to be read on March 19

    Read on video by Miss Ashling McNally, 1st Grade Teacher

    Before you read chapter 9, understand the words pandemonium, agitated, scrabbling.

    Creative thinking question: 

    Keith says, "I am in a hurry. I don't want to do kid things. I want to do big things. I want to grow up." Explain a time when you felt like Keith.


    Chapter Ten: to be read on March 20

    Read on video by Mr. Matthew Pomel, Music Teacher

    Creative thinking questions: 

    Think about these pairs of words from chapter 10 and how they can be connected:  scheme & pilfering, and exasperated & listlessly.

    Think about a time when you were very sick or injured. How was your experience similar to and different from Keith’s? 


    Chapter Eleven: to be read on March 21

    Read on video by Mrs. Rene Lisewski, 3rd Grade Teacher

    Creative thinking questions: 

    Think about whether there is any connection between the words staunchly and steadfast. What do you staunchly support?  Are you steadfast in any way?

    What would be one pro (good thing) and one con (bad thing) of having Ralph as a class pet? 


    Chapter Twelve: to be read on March 22

    Read on video by Ms. Vickie Geannakakes, Media Skills Teacher and Ms. Deja Perpignan, Guidance Counselor

    Creative thinking questions: 

    Understand the word inspiration. What inspires you? Can you be an inspiration in any way to others?

    What would you do to help if your friend suddenly became very sick?


    Chapter Thirteen: to be read on March 23

    Read on video by Mrs. Adrienne Huettenmoser, 5th Grade Teacher

    Creative thinking question: 

    What does Keith ask Ralph to do?  What does Ralph think of his idea?

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