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Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
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"Pay attention!" Clementine is always hearing those two words, but what no one seems to understand is that she is paying attention - just not necessarily to what they want her to pay attention to. Clementine covers just one short week in the lives of Clementine and her family, but a lot happens in that week: two haircuts, two hair colorings, three visits to the principal's office, and one war against pigeons. Pennypacker has created a great character with a voice decidedly her own and does a good job of following the thought patterns of a hyperactive third grader. Clementine's parents are models of understanding and almost perfect parenting, but Clementine's best-friend Margaret, despite seeming perfect, is clearly just as prone to mischief as Clementine. Clementine will be great fun for fans of Judy Moody or Gooney Bird Greene and would also work well as a read aloud. The first page is ready made for a booktalk, too.

Cover to Cover Selection June 2011

Previously read June 11, 2008.
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