For Clementine, spring is a really big deal. It’s the time for seeing her apple tree start to grow, for watching her friend Margaret go crazy with spring cleaning, and for going on the school trip to Plimoth Plantation. Clementine is ready for Ye Olden Times, but she isn’t so sure about surviving lunch there - the fourth graders have strict rules about no eating sounds. (What is snicking, anyway? ) If that wasn’t enough, Clementine also faces the challenges of learning Olive-language and surviving The Cloud on Bus 7. Hearing the pilgrim lady talk about why she made the long journey from England makes Clementine think about rules. Who makes them, and what do they mean to the people who have to live with them? Today Clementine has to decide which rules are made to be broken.
©2013 Sara Pennypacker (P)2013 Recorded Books
I like books that children and adults can both enjoy. This is one of them. The main character is a little girl, but my husband and I, as well as our two boys (ages 7 and 9) absolutely loved this book. So funny. The parents are great and Clementine is full of personality.
One thing that bugged me was Clementine's reaction to seeing a chicken (which is all too common). Kids need to know where their food comes from before they are 8 or 9 years old.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
The story is fun yet the series is starting to wane. This recording is too fast and Jessica's voice has changed from the first few books. I would like for it to slow down. I had a really hard time understanding the Olive language and speed of recording did not help.
The story is fun and the children see some historical sites. This was interesting and unusual because we don't like in the pilgrim areas for this type of field trip. It was thought provoking.
Just as Clementine is always, this book is full of giggles and Clementine's view of the world. I am not sure most kids would get the nuances of Clementine's mother expecting a baby.
For reasons I do not understand, some of these books are listed as Sarah Pennypacker and others are Sara Pennypacker. Make sure you see all 6 books when you search for Clementine. While not exactly critical, it is helpful to listen in order. First is Clementine, second is The Talented Clementine, 3rd - Clementine's Letter, 4th - Friend of the Week, 5th - Family Meeting, 6th - Spring Trip.
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