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Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
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Mar 27, 12

Read from March 21 to 26, 2012

Move over Junie B. Jones and Horrible Harry, there's a new kid in town and she'll fit right in. Clementine is a precocious youngster who, despite her most innocent intentions, gets into a lot of trouble. This book would be an amazing read-aloud as kids will connect with Clementine right away. An added bonus is that the book, told from Clementine's perspective, rings true with authenticity. These books would be a great addition to a teaching unit on "voice" in writing as hers clearly comes through on every page. One downside though, since voice is the strongest literature element in the story, it relies on typical little kid grammar and punctuation with a couple malapropisms thrown in too for good measure. If used in connection with a writing unit, this distinction would have to carefully be emphasized. As a young writer, it annoyed me to no end in school that I had to write correctly, but professional writers in actual books did not. Of course, there is a good reason for it here, but students may not see it that way.
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message 2: by Annette (new)

Annette checked it out from the library to see if Joel wanted to read it, but he wasn't interested. Sounds like it would be best as a read aloud. We used to change some of the Junie B. voice/language you talked about when we read it aloud. It's cute, but we want to have them hearing good grammar when listening to books.


Ellen Yeah, I was hoping that Joel might like it, but given that the main characters are girls...


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