Clementine by Sara Pennybacker

Mark Graham By Mark Graham, 31st Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is a book review of Clementine a children's book about a child who gets into trouble without really trying and finds out the meaning of friendship and being a friend.

Clementine: A Book Review

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker is a children's novel about a little girl in the third grade who seems to know how to get into trouble without really trying. This little girl is a helpful child and tries to help any way that she can at home and at school, but this is where the trouble starts. In school Clementine finds it hard to pay attention during class and the teachers always seem to catch her. Clementine also hates to write in her school journal even though in the end she kinds of likes it for she can let her feelings be known.
There was an early incident in the classroom that starts the story and carries throughout the book. Clementine has a best friend who happened to get clue in her hair and Clementine just wanted to get the clue out of her friends hair, but it turned out the Clementine decided to get the hair off and that starts all the other issues off. Clementine does learn what it really means to be a friend.

Using this story in a classroom

Using the novel "Clementine" the teacher can make a Social studies lesson about making and keeping friends. The question that could start the lesson could be "What is a friend?" The teacher could also talk about kinds of family and mention some of the characters from the book, for example her friends mother and the grandmother type on the top floor that solved a problem for her dad. There could also be several art projects and also of course some journal writing for reading and language arts. There could be a science lesson on pigeons and how they live in the city.


Family, Friends, Friendship, Problems, School

Meet the author

author avatar Mark Graham
I am a graduate student of Children's Literature and have also studied Counseling at the graduate level as well as College teaching and Reading and Literacy. I will be writing on these and my ownideas

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