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Clementine, Friend of the Week (Clementine (Hardcover)) Hardcover – July 27, 2010
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Starred Review. Grade 1-4 Clementine is back for another adventure as she is chosen to be Friend of the Week. The honor has many important responsibilities such as leading the Pledge of Allegiance, collecting milk money, being line leader, and feeding the fish. At the end of the week, the third grader will get a friend booklet signed by all of her classmates telling her how much they appreciate her. Clementine's best friend, fourth-grader Margaret, advises her to give compliments to classmates all week so she'll get good comments in her booklet. The following day Clementine starts giving them to every person she comes in contact with, primarily based on appearance, which doesn't always work out as she planned. Just as she looks forward to the best week ever, things take a turn for the worse when her kitten goes missing. She forgets all about her promises to decorate her classmates' bikes for a bike rally and is afraid they will be disappointed in her. Little does she know how much they support and love her. Pennypacker's writing once again brings creativity, humor, and sensitivity to Clementine and her world. Black-and-white line illustrations grace the book, capturing the child's personality and varied emotions. A must-have for most collections. Fans will be in for another fun serving of their favorite girl named after a fruit. Janet Weber, Tigard Public Library, OR
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Popular Clementine is back, but the question is, how popular is she with her classmates? She’s been chosen Friend of the Week, but will the kids find enough nice things to write about in her friendship booklet? Best friend Margaret, a grade older, gets all weird when the topic of the booklet comes up. Pennypacker does a fine job of juggling a number of plotlines, especially when she ties the friendship booklet to Clementine’s missing kitten. Fans won’t be disappointed, and readers new to the series will enjoy this, too. Grades 2-4. --Ilene Cooper
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Sara Pennypacker is in the process of writing what may eventually be thought of as one of the best series for young readers in our time. Or she may evolve into someone who pounds out variations on the same formulaic plot. At this point, it is hard to tell. I am a great fan of these books and have read everyone of them to my daughters. This last one seemed to me to start to show signs that the author has perhaps stalled creatively.
So what is good about it? Clementine herself is funny, smart and very observant. My own girls love her and totally get her point of view. She is also remarkably kind-hearted. Combine that quality with her powers of observation and she always seems to know exactly the right thing to do to help people in the end.
I love her relationship with her brother. She refuses to call him by name. Instead she refers to him by an endless series of vegetable names. Her ability to never use the same name twice is awe-inspiring and displays a wry wit on the part of the author.
Another thing I like about the series is Clementine's friend Margaret. Margaret is a more complex character than Clementine and brings a sort of desperate self-assurance to every situation. I like the way Clementine regards her with both awe and annoyance. I think the author catches some of the nuances of the way young kids can be friends and occassional rivals.
Margaret and Clementine are really the center of the series. But Clementine's parents, Margaret's brother and especially Clementine's school principal all have their own charms and insights to offer.
And as mentioned by all the reviewers of the series the illustrations by Ms. Frazee are outstanding.
If you have young readers, especially girls, give this series a chance. I especially loved the second book, The Talented Clementine. But all of them are worth reading to and discussing with your young ones.
The narration on the audio CD by Jessica Almasy is fun and credibly done, and is unabridged on two CDs, and runs for 2 hours.
P.S. Since my last review, I purchased the book for my daughter and she has finished reading it. She loves the story! My daughter said, "There are plenty of good lessons in here mom!"
We download the "Kindle" version down through Safari from the amazon site. Once purchased, we update kindle (app) on her iPad and our cell phones for her to read wherever we are.
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I like this book because it is very funny which everybody likes in a book! The book is weird… but in a good way.Read more