Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Wisdom of Clementine

Clementine and the Family Meeting
by Sara Pennypacker
illustrated by Marla Frazee
Disney*Hyperion, 2011

This is the fifth book in the Clementine series, and I like Clementine more than ever. I like her parents more than ever, I like her teacher, Mr. D'Matz more than ever, and even her makeup-obsessed friend Margaret is a little easier to deal with in this book.

I love that the characters in this series continue to grow and change.

But the thing I love most about the Clementine books is the wisdom that Sara Pennypacker weaves in so unobtrusively.

In this book, Clementine has to learn to deal with change. Her family is growing from the perfect number of FOUR people, to the awkward number of FIVE. She says, "It's all moving too fast and we're not ready."

Her mom replies,
"Oh, honey. Life is always moving too fast and we're never ready. That's how life is. But somehow that's just perfect." 
Her dad continues,
"Things are always changing -- that's life. And this?" He spread his hands to the tornadoed kitchen. "Us? Toy-truck ziti, missing hats, drill-gun mixers? Well, this is how we roll, Clementine. This is how we roll."

Lucky Clementine, to have such a family. Lucky us, to get to be a part of that family for another book. Keep 'em coming, Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee. Keep 'em coming!

My review of Clementine, Friend of the Week (#4) here.
Franki's review of Clementine's Letter (#3) here.
My review of The Talented Clementine (#2) here.
Franki's review of Clementine (#1) here.
And we have Mr. D'Matz, Clementine's teacher, on our 100 Cool Teachers in Children's Literature list.


  1. I absolutely LOVE clementine books. I love her character and how she is not the typical looking main character with her messy red hair. I look forward to reading this novel myself as well as sharing it with my students.

  2. Is this it?

  3. Thanks for finding your review of the first book, Franki! Not sure why I couldn't find it, but oh, well. I've edited the post and we've got all the links in one place now!

  4. I love these books! I just read the Friend of the Week one recently--adored it. I had read one before that was fine, but FOTW was awesome. Can't wait to check out this latest one. Thanks!


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