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Clementine's Letter (A Clementine Book) Hardcover – April 1, 2008

4.4 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
Book 3 of 6 in the Clementine Series

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Starred Review. Grade 2–4—Irrepressible and delightful Clementine is back. She is enjoying third grade—she is in sync with her teacher, Mr. D'Matz, and is rarely sent to speak with Principal Rice, a major accomplishment in her school life. Then Mr. D'Matz is selected as one of three finalists for an Adventures for Teachers archaeological dig in Egypt and leaves for a week to meet with the committee. Clementine is distraught to learn that if chosen as the winner, he will be gone for the rest of the school year. When the substitute arrives, Clementine learns that she has to follow completely different rules. The next week is not an easy one for the child as she adjusts to Mrs. Nagel, worries about losing Mr. D'Matz, copes with her everyday life as an impulsive eight-year-old, and frets about the letter she is supposed to write to the prize committee about her teacher. Through it all, she shines with a vibrant spirit that can never be completely extinguished, even when she is feeling down. Frazee's pen-and-ink drawings perfectly capture Clementine's personality and her world.—Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
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Clementine's only just "getting the hang of third grade"-she hasn't been sent to Principal Rice's office for a whole week-when her world turns upside-down: Her beloved Teacher is a finalist for an Adventures for Teachers award, and if he wins, he'll be gone for the rest of the year. As it is, he's absent for a week to prepare, and life with his substitute does not go well. Mrs. Nagel doesn't know any of the tricks Teacher did that helped to keep Clementine "in sync" with the classroom, so when Principal Rice asks the children to write letters of nomination to the award committee, Clementine sees her opportunity to sabotage his success. Pennypacker and Frazee have this latter-day Ramona down to a T, her distinctive voice and unruly curls happily unblunted by familiarity. The great success of this outing, however, lies in the warmth of the relationship between Clementine and Teacher, whose humane and sympathetic understanding of his admittedly difficult scholar will strike a welcome chord with readers, especially those out-of-sync students and their teachers Kirkus"

Just as the bouncy Clementine is finally getting the hang of third grade, with the help of her very understanding teacher, she learns that he is a finalist in a contest to study in his beloved Egypt. While he is away for a preliminary week, Clementine immediately gets into difficulties with the substitute. "I can't guess Mrs. Nagel's rules...She doesn't tell them until it's too late and I'm already in trouble." Clementine tries to sabotage her teacher's trip by writing a negative letter to the award committee, but she redeems herself at the end. Subplots involve Clementine's selling-off of her neighbors' charity donations and a notebook she and her building-superintendent dad use to write a story together. This may be the best entry so far in the series, as Pennypacker develops her ingenious but impulsive character with less reliance on cutesy phrases in Clementine's narration. And Frazee's line drawings go a little further this time in showing Clementine's highly charged emotions and her capacity for creating chaos in her surroundings. Horn Book"

Irrepressible and delightful Clementine is back. She is enjoying third grade she is in sync with her teacher, Mr. D'Matz, and is rarely sent to speak with Principal Rice, a major accomplishment in her school life. Then Mr. D'Matz is selected as one of three finalists for an Adventures for Teachers archaeological dig in Egypt and leaves for a week to meet with the committee. Clementine is distraught to learn that if chosen as the winner, he will be gone for the rest of the school year. When the substitute arrives, Clementine learns that she has to follow completely different rules. The next week is not an easy one for the child as she adjusts to Mrs. Nagel, worries about losing Mr. D'Matz, copes with her everyday life as an impulsive eight-year-old, and frets about the letter she is supposed to write to the prize committee about her teacher. Through it all, she shines with a vibrant spirit that can never be completely extinguished, even when she is feeling down. Frazee's pen-and-ink drawings perfectly capture Clementine's personality and her world. SLJ"
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Clementine Book
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786838841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786838844
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,900,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clementine absolutely adores her teacher, but she and the rest of her third grade class gasp when the principal says his name aloud. After all, "D'Matz" almost sounds like a couple of bad words put together, which is why all of Mr. D'Matz's students refer to him simply as "Teacher."

But Clementine soon discovers that she has much more to be horrified about than just hearing his name. Principal Rice informs the class that Mr. D'Matz has been nominated for a huge prize. If he wins the Adventures for Teachers award, he'll go to Egypt for an archeological dig --- and that will mean he'll be gone from Clementine's classroom for the remainder of the year. Clementine is so horrified by this news that she almost misses the fact that Mr. D'Matz will not be in his classroom for the rest of the week because he must spend time with the Adventures for Teachers Committee.

Clementine hopes that Teacher will refuse the honor, but both he and her classmates seem to agree that this could be a fabulous opportunity. Only Clementine is aghast at the thought that Mr. D'Matz is letting the class down after he promised to share so many wonderful activities with them throughout the year. Although he explains that his replacement will have his lesson plans and will be capable of leading the class in Fraction Blasters, Weather-Across-the World and other projects, Clementine is not convinced.

Unfortunately, Clementine and Mrs. Nagel, the substitute teacher, have trouble communicating from the start, and the issues snowball as the long week crawls by. It puzzles Clementine that her friends don't agree with her pronouncement that Mrs. Nagel is mean, as incident follows incident, causing her to dread school.
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I love Marla Frazee's illustrations in this book, and Clementine seems to have a great relationship with her parents and other adults. They don't understand her, but they seem to love her. The subplot in the book, though, in which Clementine wants to buy her mom a $20 art supplies organizer as a gift, is problematic. She earns the money by taking items from those an area set aside in the basement for donations to a charity and selling them to the other tenants in the building. Then she gets in trouble, not for stealing the items, but for revealing to the everyone that previous gifts were being donated to charity. In fact, her dad even tells her it's not as bad as he thought since she wanted the money to make her mom happy as opposed to something more selfish. I'm really surprised no one else who read the book was disturbed by the idea that taking donated items is not stealing. I would not feel comfortable sharing this book with my children.
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Clementine series is very engaging series and she works through a lot of problems that make good talking points. She also gets into a lot of mischief so not good for children who might be inclined to imitate.
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7/8 yr old daughter LOVES the Clementine series. She states they're about a troublemaking girl who learns her lesson. She states the books are funny and entertaining, which draw her in to the point she doesn't want to put the "iPad (through kindle)" down.

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 whetever we are.
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Clementine's Letter (2008) is a humorous book about a young girl, in third grade, who adores her teacher. She hears that Mr. D'Matz has been nominated by the principal to win a trip to Egypt. If he wins, he would leave for the rest of the school year for an archeological dig and the students would have a substitute. Sara Pennypacker expresses Clementine's sorrow of the situation explaining that no other teacher ever understood her before Mr. D'Matz. In order for Mr. D'Matz to win the prize, his students must write a letter to the judges. Clever Clementine conjures up a way for Mr. D'Matz to lose the prize. Without the support of her classmates, she finds it difficult to lie because Clementine knows that he is a great teacher and should win the prize.

The beginning of the book is difficult to get interested; however, as Clementine attempts to be clever, it is increasingly more interesting. Pennypacker does a great job developing Clementine's character, especially through expressing her emotions. The periodic illustrations provide visualizations, which may entice even the most hesitant readers!
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It's wonderful to have a well-written, funny, entertaining book about a kid who struggles with paying attention. This story about a child's special bond with her teacher will make you laugh and cry. We all loved this one!
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When I first started reading this book, I began to form a negative opinion. This was due to the author throwing in a couple of too mature references such as Clemetine's drawing of "outlaws drinking beer in a saloon" and how her teacher's name could sound like two curse words. But once past those parts, the character of clementine really drew me in. She is quirky, energetic, and impulsive.
The bulk of the book is about Clementine being angry because her teacher may be going to Egypt, leaving the classroom in the hands of a substitute.
I love the fact that Clementine grows as a person throughout the book. She learns a few good lessons about life and herself. She likes to be supportive of her parents and vice versa. I love how Clementine comes up with nicknames for her brother that are names of vegetables. I also love the fact that Clementine may get angry, but she eventually works out her problems by talking to someone.
Overall, Clementine and the others are wonderful characters. The book has some good things for elementary kids to think about. The illustrations are wonderful in their simplicity, very interesting, and help keep the book moving along nicely.
Would I recommend this book? YES
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