Emily’s Runaway Imagination

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Emily’s Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary

“Can imaginative Emily make her biggest dream come true?

Spunky Emily Bartlett lives in an old farmhouse in Pitchfork, Oregon, at a time when automobiles are brand-new inventions and libraries are a luxury few small towns can afford. Her runaway imagination leads her to bleach a horse, hold a very scary sleepover, and feed the hogs an unusual treat. But can she use her lively mind to help bring a library to Pitchfork?

Adventure is pretty scarce in Pitchfork, Oregon. So why shouldn’t Emily bleach Dad’s old plow horse or try some of her other ideas?”

I first read this book in the second grade. I’ve read it many, many, many times since then. I discovered years later, that a lot of the things that happen to Emily in this book were taken straight from Cleary’s own childhood. (Hint: read Cleary’s autobiography!) I love every book Beverly Cleary has written so it should come as no surprise when I say this is one of my favorite childhood books.

221 pages
Published May 1980 by Dell Publishing (first published 1961)
ISBN 0440422159

4 stars

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