Clementine by Sara Pennypacker is a favorite funny story for kids at the Reading Kingdom. Melissa Gaynor explains why:
“What You Need to Know:
• A very funny, engaging story about a week of ups and downs for third grader, Clementine.
• Clementine’s thoughts make her seem somehow older than her actions might imply.
• Clementine offers a few clues as to may be on the horizon for these girls as they grow up and begin to face more mature issues like identity and insecurity.
• Readers will relate to her experiences as she begins the process of self-discovery.
Clementine is one funny third grader. She makes mistakes (“someone should tell you not to answer the phone in the principal’s office, if that’s a rule”), her thoughts wander, she is occasionally misguided, and she gets into plenty of trouble. At the same time, she is sweet and kind, and her intentions are always good. She claims that great ideas are constantly popping into her head, including calling her brother a variety of vegetable names and naming her kittens after objects found in the bathroom. She is also, constantly being told to pay attention. The problem is that she is paying very close attention, just not always to the right details. The first person perspective allows the reader to see things from Clementine’s point of view, and it is always a very funny angle. “
Have your children read Clementine? What did they think of the book?
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