Clementine's Letter (Clementine Series #3)

Clementine's Letter (Clementine Series #3)


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ISBN-13: 9780786838844
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Series: Clementine Series , #3
Edition description: REV
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.76(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.52(d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About 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 and The Talented 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 the first two books in the Clementine series. 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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Clementine's Letter 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Having already established the precedent for non-YA CLW titles with the first two Clementine books, I decided to go ahead and do a chick lit Wednesday review for the latest installment as well. Since her introduction, Clementine has colored both her and best friend Margaret's heads with permanent markers, saved her school talent show from catastrophe, and been sent to the principal's office so many times that she knows the way pretty much by heart. In Clementine's Letter (2008) by Sara Pennypacker (with the ever-lovely illustrations by Marla Frazee), Clementine is actually hoping for some catastrophe. Clementine is finally getting the hang of third grade with the help of her teacher Mr. D'Matz. But when her class finds out that Mr. D'Matz might be leaving in the middle of the year to go on a research trip to Egypt, Clementine knows she'll never be able to make it through the rest of the year--especially when she can't seem to do anything right for her new substitute. After thinking things through, Clementine decides that Mr. D'Matz needs to keep his promise to teach her and her class for the rest of the year. And he probably doesn't really want to go to Egypt anyway. So Clementine starts making her own plans to make sure Mr. D'Matz won't leave. After all, it isn't really sabotage if he doesn't want to go, right? Clemetine's Letter is all about decisions and thinking things through. What starts as an ill-thought out letter to keep her teacher away from Egypt turns into a lesson that, sometimes, if you really care about someone you have to let them leave. This story references events from the first two books (Clementine from 2006 and The Talented Clementine from 2007) but stands on its own quite easily. Clementine is as entertaining as ever with her own unique brand of humor, although I still worry about the emphasis on her getting into trouble at school so much (some reviewers posit that Clementine has ADD, I posit that she is a creative type in a school that doesn't really get her). Margaret's own ticks about germs and dirt also seemed to be much more prevalent than in the first books. The story isn't quite as funny as the first, perhaps because Clementine's distress over her teacher seems more real and pressing than her issues in the first two books. The ending also felt somewhat more abrupt. Regardless, Clementine remains an effervescent, awesome character good for kids of all ages (even reluctant readers thanks to the brevity of the text and the excellent illustrations).
Hope99 More than 1 year ago
Clemintine's teacher, Mr.D'matz, is one of the contestants to leave for the rest of the year on a trip to egypt. Clemintine doesn't like that idea and she doesn't like her substitute teacher, Mrs.Nagel. When Clemintine has to write a good luck letter tp Mr.D'matz as homework, Mitchell (margret's brother) tells her about his horrible camping trip with Beans MCcloud, she writes everything bad that Mitchell says about Beans MCcloud. When she has to read her letter to the judges, what will she do?? read this book to find out!!
sroslund on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Clementine is starting third grade and things are going swimmingly. She and her teacher are finally ¿in sink¿ and Clementine is starting to get the hang of paying attention, doing her work, and being responsible. But all that is threatened when her teacher is up for a grant that will take him away for the REST OF THE YEAR! How will Clementine deal with the mean new substitute teacher and find a way to get her beloved Mr. D¿Matz back? Sara Pennypacker¿s third installment in the Clementine Series is packed with more of her bright protagonist¿s quirky observations (eel¿s should be sold as pets, not for food!) and intuitive kindness (¿And all the time [Mom] was making the `Wow! I must be dreaming!¿ face, which was so pretty I¿m going to make a drawing of it someday.¿). This transitional chapter book is perfect for boys and girls who find it a little tricky to deal with a substitute teacher and all their ¿new rules,¿ or who simply love this likeable, relatable character and her peculiar ways. Recommended for grades 2-4.
aakauff on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Free-spirited Clementine is back with more third-grade adventures in this third installment in the Clementine series. Clementine has finally settled into a routine at school, only to learn that her beloved teacher Mr. D¿Matz might be leaving to go to Egypt! Rather than get stuck with Mrs. Nagel, a substitute teacher who doesn¿t seem to appreciate all of Clementine¿s quirks, the precocious narrator sets out to thwart Mr. D¿Matz¿s plans for leaving. Of course, laughable shenanigans and predictable lessons ensue. Favorite characters Margaret and her older brother, Mitchell (¿If I ever have a boyfriend, which I will not, it might be him.¿) are delightful companions to Clementine¿s adventures. Illustrations by Marla Frazee only add to the appeal of the book. The relatable situations, kid-friendly language and endearing storyline make Clementine¿s Letter a feel-good hit for kids and adults alike. For ages 8-10. Highly recommended.
RefPenny on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Clementine is horrified to learn that her beloved teacher, Mr D¿Matz, may be leaving to go on an ¿Adventure for Teachers¿ in Egypt. If he wins the competition Clementine¿s class will have a substitute teacher, Mrs Nagel, for the rest of the year. While Clementine and Mr D¿Matz know what to expect from each other, Mrs Nagel has a lot of new and baffling (to Clementine) rules. Clementine decides to sabotage Mr D¿Matz¿s chances of winning.This is a humorous book about a very likable girl and it would appeal to children aged 7 and up. It is the third book about Clementine.
allawishus on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Clementine demonstrates real charm in this book; underneath the ADHD messiness and sometimes selfishness beats the heart of a really lovely little girl! In this one, Clementine's teacher is in competition to go on an archaelogical dig in Egypt which means he'd have to leave his class for the year. Clementine is outraged at the thought that he could leave them, so she writes a mean letter to the judges of the competition, telling them why he would be unsuitable.Over the course of the week, Clementine navigates problems with her new substitute, an attempt to make money and buy her mother a present, and angry neighbors. She learns some lessons about selfishness and thinking before you act.Clementine is a really refreshing character - not overly sweet or cutesy, but still with a charming honesty about her. The only issue with the book might be that the adults are almost too understanding and forgiving of some of her more outre behavior - not too realistic, maybe.
foggidawn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In the third installment of the Clementine series, Sara Pennypacker's plucky heroine continues to delight. Clementine is finally getting the hang of third grade -- thanks to Mr. D'Matz, her understanding teacher. When Principal Rice announces that Mr. D'Matz may be leaving for the rest of the year to participate in an archaeological dig, Clementine doesn't think that this sounds like a good idea at all!Throughout the book, Clementine tries to do the right thing, but she finds that she often gets in trouble because she doesn't think through the consequences of her actions. So, when she gets a great idea for a way to keep Mr. D'Matz from leaving her class for the rest of the year, she dives right in, barely suspecting that she will regret her impulsive decision later.Clementine's antics will delight old fans as well as those who have just discovered the series. Marla Frazee's whimsical illustrations add to Pennypacker's expert characterization, making Clementine one of the most unforgettable heroines in children's literature. Highly recommended!
mayaspector on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Clementine is back! One of the most memorable characters in children's literature in recent years has returned for the third time, and it is our good fortune. This time Clementine is dismayed to find out that her beloved teacher may win a trip to Egypt to do research - for the whole year. Mr. D'Matz is the first teacher who understands her, and now he might be leaving. And what's worse is that the new substitute is strict and has all different rules that Clementine doesn't understand. Clementine's 3rd grade class has a chance to write letters about their teacher that could affect the outcome of the Great Adventures for Teachers program. Should she spoil it all for Mr. D'Matz?I know this doesn't sound funny, and it certainly isn't as far as Clementine is concerned, but Sara Pennypacker writes with such warmth, humor and compassion that the reader can't help but smile. Clementine is one-of-a-kind. You'll love her.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Clementine's back and better than ever. Just as soon as Clementine was getting the hang of third grade (she hadn't been sent to the principal's office in a week!), she learns that Mr. D'Matz is a finalist in a contest for a trip to Egypt. He'll be gone all week at the judging and if he wins, he could be going to Egypt for the rest of the year! There's no way Clementine's going to let that happen, especially after she meets her new substitute teacher. Mrs. Nagel has changed all the rules and Clementine keeps getting into trouble. When the principal asks the kids in Clementine's class to write letters to the judges telling them why Mr. D'Matz should win the contest, Clementine gets a brilliant idea. But will her idea work? Can she survive the third grade without Mr. D'Matz? And what other trouble will Clementine get into?Another hit in the Clementine series. I'm not normally a big fan of series, but these are excellent. I loved how the bond between teacher and student is portrayed and how the conflict is eventually resolved. Clementine's got real spirit and creativity and, although her ideas sometimes result in disasters, her heart's always in the right place.
mjsbooks on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Clementine hopes to sabotage her teacher's chances to study abroad in Egypt for a year because she likes him so much. Light, easy reading in the mode of Junie B. Jones or Judy Moody.
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