A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kind, loving parents (who also get frustrated) are there for Clementine as she learns more about her world. Clementine has a lot of indepedence to explore her community that many kids today don't have. Her curious nature may often be misunderstood as questionable mischief, but Clementine has good intentions as she attempts to help solve problems as best as she can.
Positive Role Models
Clementine, an artistically talented character, encourages readers to recognize their skills as gifts. She embraces her creativity and is open to thinking outside the box. Despite Clementine's tendency to find herself in trouble, she often acts with good intentions that seem to be misunderstood by authority figures. Clementine's parents are also very understanding of her personality and do not wish her to be any different.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Clementine spies on janitor and lunch lady embracing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the main character, Clementine, is a precocious third-grader who frequently gets into mischief, though with the good intention to solve problems. In one week she "fixes" her friend's hair by cutting it all off, helps out the principal by answering her phone, and pays attention in class by watching the janitor embrace the lunch lady. A wide age range will enjoy this book and enjoy reading it aloud, from the emergent kindergartner reader up to third graders.
Is It Any Good?
CLEMENTINE fits right in with Ramona, Sheila-the-Great, and Pippy Longstocking -- and Sara Pennypacker has mastered the art of believable dialogue out of the mouths of kids. Despite all of Clementine's challenges, the reader also knows that she'll land on her feet or more likely, in the arms of loving parents. What's more, pen-and-ink drawings by Marla Frazee beautifully complement both silly and tender passages.
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