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Where in the World Are You Reading? - Bookishness Around Town

>> Thursday, March 21, 2013

Where in the World Are You Reading is a monthly themed Meme jointly hosted by Trish at Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity, Lisa at Books. Lists. Life. and Kailana at The Written World.

Where in the World Are You Reading

Click on any of the links for the posts that explain the details of the Meme. Sadly this is the last month for this meme. It's been fun.

Trish is this month's host and the theme for March is Bookishness Around Town. You can read Trish's full post here
The Where in the World Are You Reading for March is a bit of an open topic: Bookishness Around Town. If you didn't participate in one of the earlier months and would love to show us your bookstores, go for it! Libraries or places where you love to read? Statues or bookish memorials around town? As long as it somehow ties into Bookishness or Reading, fit this month in however you wish and feel free to include bits that you've included in past months.
It only took me about three seconds after reading Trish’s post for me to decide what I was going to do for this month. It was that suggestion of “statues or bookish memorials around town”.

I’ve been wanting to head over to the other side of town to visit this for ages but never had a convenient reason (excuse). Thanks to Trish, for giving me a reason to go and take my camera with me. This first picture should give you a hint . . .

Klickitat Street

Did you guess Beverly Cleary's Books?

The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden, located on the west side of Grant Park in northeast Portland, consists of three bronze statues grouped around a splash fountain. The figures represent three beloved characters from children's author Beverly Cleary's books: Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Henry's dog Ribsy. Portland artist Lee Hunt created the statues. Granite plaques around the fountain are engraved with the titles of Beverly Cleary's books that are set in Portland. The sculpture garden was dedicated on October 13, 1995.
Cleary grew up in the neighborhood and played in Grant Park as a child, and many of the events in her books take place in the park and on neighboring streets. Klickitat Street, where Henry and his friends live, is located a few blocks north of the park.
Creating the sculpture garden took five years of fund-raising efforts. Co-chairs Heather Johnson, Doris Kimmel, and treasurer Jan Whelan led those efforts and managed the building of the site. Children all over the United States held penny drives to raise money, and contributions came from every state as well as several Canadian provinces. The sculpture garden is one of the few memorials in the United States dedicated to a children's author.

The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden

I devoured Beverly Cleary’s books when I was a kid and knew that the neighborhood she portrayed in the books was based on this neighborhood in NE Portland. I remember when the Sculpture Garden was dedicated but hadn’t actually been over there until now.

It’s showing some signs of age but it’s still a cool depiction of some favorite characters. The nearby elementary school has been renamed Beverly Cleary School. The fountains weren’t on when I was there this week but they’ll be back on in June.

There are statues of Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby and Henry’s dog Ribsy. It makes me sad that there’s not a statue of Beezus. I always felt most connected to Beezus.

There are tiles with book titles and quotes about the characters depicted in the statues. My photos of those didn’t turn out so I put the quotes in as captions.

Henry Huggins always reminded me a little bit of my brother. I think it was because of the paper route.
Henry Huggins Statue
“It was a warm night and the tennis courts and swimming pool were floodlighted . . . He passed the playground where he heard the children's shouts and the clank and clang of the rings and swings.”
--- Henry Huggins

Henry Huggins Statue (detail)

I love that Ramona is portrayed running with her rain boots on and her unfastened raincoat flying.
Ramona Quimby Statue
"Only grown-ups would say boots were for keeping feet dry. Anyone in kindergarten knew that a girl should wear shiny read or white boots on the first rainy day, not to keep her feet dry, but to show off. That's what boots were for -- showing off, wading, splashing, stamping."
-- Ramona the Pest

Ramona Quimby Statue (detail)

The Ribsy statue is well worn from kids sitting on his back. I've seen many photos of kids on this statue.
Ribsy Statue
"People liked Ribsy and Ribsy liked people. Ribsy was what you might call a well-adjusted dog."
-- Ribsy

Ribsy Statue (detail)

I hope you enjoyed a little tour of Beverly Cleary's Portland.

Check out the link to Trish's post above and see what other bookishness folks have found around town.


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