Otherwise Known As. . . Timeless

I mentioned before that I saved my childhood Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume books. My 8 1/2 year old daughter hasn’t been too impressed (she read a few Ramona books here and there, but wasn’t as riveted as I thought she’d be). But I’m trying again with a new copy of Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great. Because I’m guessing that the wonderful tale of Sheila, whose outwardly tough personality belies her inner worries and fears, might resonate a bit. Sheila was a wonderfully strong and human character to me when I first read July Blume decades ago; I hope my own daughter finds her the same. The latest edition of the paperback costs $5.99 at Amazon.com.

Did you save your old books from childhood? Do your kids read them?

Top photo of Sheila the Great (c. 1980) courtesy of What I Read Back Then.

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3 Responses to Otherwise Known As. . . Timeless

  1. Anna says:

    my eight-year-old daughter is loving harriet the spy and sport every bit as much as i did and i love it.

    i love less, however, all the inappropriate-for-an-eight-year-old stuff i forgot was in those books.

    oh well.

    • Osman says:

      I absolutely adore Sheila. Her wisninglels to let God use her through her depression and be vulnerable just touched my heart and took away the shame I felt at my own depression. God has gifted her with an ability to reach out in a way that is simply a blessing. I’ve loved her books and love seeing her at WOF. I can’t wait to read this one!

  2. Zamaria says:

    If you’re in California, your frost date might fall BEFORE the color groups. I am wnoikrg on coming up with a system for folks like you. It may not roll out until fall, or at the latest next spring.

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