Beverly Cleary's Portland

My husband discovered a fountain and sculpture garden and called me over. As twilight fell, I beheld bronze statues of a boy, a little girl in rain gear and a dog. They looked somehow .ƒ|.ƒ|. familiar. Reading the plaque, I laughed in disbelief. With the serendipity that life sometimes bestows, we¡¦d wandered into the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden. It¡¦s a magical place, with quotes on granite tiles from her most famous books. The sculpted figures by local artist Lee Hunt capture Cleary¡¦s characters in all their pesky, kinetic glory. This plaque stands near the sculpture of Ramona in Grant Park.
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