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The Talented Clementine (Clementine Series #2)
     

The Talented Clementine (Clementine Series #2)

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by Sara Pennypacker, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
 

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Winner or washout? When it comes to tackling third grade, Clementine is at the top of her game—okay, so maybe not all the time. After her teacher announces that the third and fourth graders will be putting on a talent show, Clementine panics. She doesn't sing or dance or play an instrument. She can't even hop with finesse. And as if she didn't feel bad enough,

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Winner or washout? When it comes to tackling third grade, Clementine is at the top of her game—okay, so maybe not all the time. After her teacher announces that the third and fourth graders will be putting on a talent show, Clementine panics. She doesn't sing or dance or play an instrument. She can't even hop with finesse. And as if she didn't feel bad enough, her perfect best friend, Margaret, has so many talents, she has to alphabetize them to keep them straight. As the night of the big "Talent-palooza" draws closer, Clementine is desperate for an act, any act. But the unexpected talent she demonstrates at the show surprises everyone—most of all herself. This next Clementine book is sure to bring the house down!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, illus. by Marla Frazee, brings back the third-grader that made such a splash in last season's Clementine (in our Best Books citation, PW called her "an eight-year-old whose spirit rivals Ramona and Judy Moody"). Here her teacher's announcement of a school talent show sends the heroine into a tizzy. (Hyperion, $14.99 144p ages 7-10 ISBN 978-0-7868-3870-7; Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Laura Ruttig
Similar to Cleary's "Ramona" books but with an individual flare, Pennypacker's Clementine is a unique third grader whose humorous antics keep her parents, teachers, and classmates off-balance. Panicked, Clementine believes she has no talent to display at the third- and fourth-grade talent show because she cannot cartwheel, sing, or play a musical instrument. Although her discerning parents try to help her think of her talents, Clementine is dissatisfied by their suggestions. Instead, she tries to learn tap dancing from her sometimes-annoyingly-perfect best friend Margaret. Unfortunately for Clementine, gluing bottle caps to her shoes turns into a disaster. Fortunately, the principal Mrs. Rice recruits Clementine at the last-minute to help stage manage the show—a job for which she learns she is absolutely perfect. Frazee's black-and-white pencil illustrations add to the comic tone of the novel. Clementine's everyday dilemmas make this a novel that most kids will easily identify with, and as it is written from a first-person perspective, Clementine's dry humor and unusual outlook make this an especially entertaining school story.
School Library Journal

Gr 2-5 -Her third-grade class is scheduled to put on a talent show to raise money for the school trip, and Clementine is convinced that she doesn't have any talents in Sara Pennypacker's sequel (Hyperion, 2007) to Clementine (Hyperion, 2006). After failing to convince her teacher that she won't be able to perform because she and her family are moving to Egypt, she desperately tries to find a talent, even if she has to borrow one from her upstairs neighbor and schoolmate, "that Margaret!" Narrator Jessica Almasy provides the ideal voice for Clementine, skillfully portraying her spunky and delightfully humorous characteristics. Early chapter-book readers who are fans of Junie B. Jones and Ramona will enjoy this entertaining visit with Clementine.-Amy Joslyn, Fairport Public Library, NY

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786838714
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
Clementine Series , #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
70,788
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Sara Pennypacker was a painter before becoming a writer, and has two absolutely fabulous children who are now grown. She has written several books, including Clementine, illustrated by Marla Frazee; Stuart's Cape and Stuart Goes to School, both illustrated by Martin Matje, and Dumbstruck. Sara lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Marla Frazee did the illustrations for this books predecessor, Clementine. She is author/illustrator of Walk On!, Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert, and Roller Coaster. She is also the illustrator of The Seven Silly Eaters, Everywhere Babies,and a bunch of other books. Marla works in a small backyard cabin under an avocado tree in Pasadena, California.

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Talented Clementine 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful! I wish that Sara Pennypacker would write more Clementines!!! I have read this book over and over again. It is that good!!!!!!
MeredithMB More than 1 year ago
Clementine is a clever and quirky character who finds her special talent just in time for the fourth and fifth grade talent show. Her role in the "Talent-Palooza, Night of the Stars" echos her own personally unique way of looking at life. I would confidently recommend the series for first and second grade students. While anyone might enjoy this whimsical read, girls would likely relate more closely with Clementine. In many ways, Clementine is reminiscent of Barbara Parks, "Junie B." Yet I appreciate that Sara Pennypacker has made a point to teach her young readers a lesson too: everyone has talent, it just takes a while to find it sometimes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves these books. It is every bit as funny as Junie B. but with a cleaner mouth.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an adorable book that would be a great read aloud for grades up to third grade, possibly fourth. The character of Clementine is unique and quirky and many children could relate to the way she feels throughout thsi story. The ending came full circle for Clementine. The talents of the other students were very accurate as to what third and fourth graders would probably want to display in a talent show. There waas not anything that I disliked about this book, I thought it was perfect for elementary school children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Talented Clementine By: Sara Pennypacker-Book Review' Sara Pennypacker 'Clementine, Stuart¿s Cape' has successfully followed up her first Clementine installment with another just as clever and just as fun. Clementine is surprised when she is told that her class will participate in a talent show. Clementine panics at the thought because she knows she does not have a talent, even after earnestly trying to discover other talents that she did not possess. Once she comes to the heartbreaking conclusion that she is useless in that department, Clementine learns she has a surprising hidden talent that saves the show. One thing that will interest readers is Clementine herself. She is messy and does not like to do a lot of work. Dressing fashionably is not in her everyday vocabulary. She is comfortable in mix-match outfits and enjoys being herself. The elementary student realizes that being herself and doing what she always does helps her out at the end to be more involved in the talent show. Readers will absolutely fall in love with this little spit fire of a girl. She is her own person. Having a loving, caring family encourages Clementine to be responsible, and empathetic, and to believe in her talents. I would read The Talented Clementine book over and over again. I give this book two thumbs up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Talented Clementine By: Sara Pennypacker-Book Review' Sara Pennypacker 'Clementine, Stuart¿s Cape' has successfully followed up her first Clementine installment with another just as clever and just as fun. Clementine is surprised when she is told that her class will participate in a talent show. Clementine panics at the thought because she knows she does not have a talent, even after earnestly trying to discover other talents that she did not possess. Once she comes to the heartbreaking conclusion that she is useless in that department, Clementine learns she has a surprising hidden talent that saves the show. One thing that will interest readers is Clementine herself. She is messy and does not like to do a lot of work. Dressing fashionably is not in her everyday vocabulary. She is comfortable in mix-match outfits and enjoys being herself. The elementary student realizes that being herself and doing what she always does helps her out at the end to be more involved in the talent show. Readers will absolutely fall in love with this little spit fire of a girl. She is her own person. Having a loving, caring family encourages Clementine to be responsible, and empathetic, and to believe in her talents. I would read The Talented Clementine book over and over again. I give this book two thumbs up.