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Clementine's Letter (A Clementine Book) Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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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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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.Read more ›
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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!
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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My 2nd grader LOVES these books. She went through the series so quickly I was shocked!Published 6 months ago by J
My daughter and I read it and we love Clementine! She's a great kid! This book illustrates what a great kid she makes, but she does funny things along the way!Published 12 months ago by Liwen Chao
Clementine is a much nicer girl that Junie B Jones. She has a good heart and her mischief comes from trying to do the right thing. I have no problem reading these to my daughter.Published on March 17, 2014 by Joanna
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