|What You Need to Know:
• Sara Pennypacker’s writing style is unique and entertaining.
• There are positive messages of being independent and finding one’s identity.
• Empathy seems to be a running theme throughout the story.
• The generous use of white space and frequency of amusing illustrations will help readers glide through the book.
• The first person narrative results in a strong connection between Clementine and the reader.
|Sweet Series Background:
Clementine is the story of a clever, imaginative girl who is quick to observe all that goes on around her. Her adventures often get her into trouble but it is always harmless fun. The dialogue and plot are age appropriate, allowing the focus to be more on the action than on what the main characters are thinking and feeling.
|Sweet Book Summary:
In the second book of this entertaining series, Clementine continues to be a funny, sharp and sometimes sarcastic third grader. In the first line of the book, Clementine comments that “teachers get exciting confused with boring” and sets the tone for the rest of the story. Clementine keeps the reader entertained with a constant stream of clever ideas like changing her brother’s name to Blementine so it will rhyme with hers.
The story follows Clementine on a search for a hidden talent. She needs to find one for a class project involving a talent show and she is in a bit of a panic. Does she even have a talent? As Clementine does some self-examination, she encounters a little trouble and learns some lessons along the way. In the end, she discovers that she too has something special to contribute to the class.
|Author: Sara Pennypacker Illustrator: Marla Frazee Published: 2007, 144 pages
Themes: Friendship, Humor, Individuality, Urban
|Sweet Discussion Questions:
• Are you like Clementine or do you have any friends like her?
• Do you have any special talents?
• Are there any talents that you wish you had?
• Would you rather live in an apartment building or a house?
• How does Clementine come up with her own talent?
|This recommendation was written by: Melissa G.
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