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The talented Clementine (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Sara Pennypacker

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Title:The talented Clementine
Authors:Sara Pennypacker
Info:New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c2007.
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This one was just a teeny bit sappy & cliched. Still wonderful. Oh I hope there are more and more and somehow the author keeps up the good work. Tell the illustrator that the 2-page spreads in which our little darling communicates with Mrs. Rice (the principal to everyone else, but a favorite counselor/ auntie to C.) are a must for every book in the series. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
In class the teacher announces that the students in the 3rd and 4th grade will be putting on a Talent-palooza. This makes Clementine nervous because she feels as if she has no talent. She doesn’t believe that she can sing, dance or even play an instrument. While, she compares her ability to Margaret’s who has so many talents. At school she gets so worried that she is exhausted when she gets on the bus. The Clementine asked Margaret to teach her one of her talents so that she could have something to perform. As Saturday gets closer, Clementine is franticly looking for any talent to perform. She has the brilliant idea of sending in a substitute performance for her but that wont work. Clementine was helping the people behind the stage before they would perform. Then Clementine had to assist Principle Rice for the whole night because the other teacher had to leave. She would even have to close the curtains on the acts that went over time. She finally got the pride of herself with all the work she was doing that night. She did not perform and act and she was sad that people were not clapping for her. Principle Rice went on the stage and took the microphone to introduce the director of the night, which was Clementine. She ended the night she got to dinner with her parents. Now she knew the good feeling of all of those people clapping for her. The genre of ‪The Talented Clementine‬ is realistic fiction.
  kbuffum13 | Mar 29, 2015 |
Clementine is faced with a talent show. I'm not a fan of the "talent show" genre of kids' books, but I like all the Clementine books I've read, so I'll give this one a thumbs-up too. ( )
  lquilter | Feb 16, 2015 |
This book follows a quirky third-grader named Clementine as she worries over an impending school talent show and her decided lack of any and all talents. Or so she thinks. But in the end, the show goes on thanks to Clementine’s great attention to detail as the production’s one and only director! Sara Pennypacker is spot on in her depiction of the anxieties of a young girl who fears the humiliation of being the only one in her class without a talent and her hilarious attempts to beg, borrow, and steal one before finally, accidentally, discovering a use for her own skills. Young readers will enjoy Clementine’s observations about the incomprehensible nature of grown-ups, and while the larger amount of text to pictures may be a challenge to some young readers, the smaller size of the book and larger text font makes 10 chapters seem easier yet still impressive. There is a brief mention of drinking in the book when Clementine removes the bottle caps from a whole case of beer that is meant for the meetings of their condo association (and a, rather funny, reference to the effect of this beer on the adults’ ability to make good decisions). However, all in all, the book with its smattering of ink drawings is humorous enough to appeal even to older readers and would no doubt be a popular choice, especially among children ready to transition from easy-readers to more advanced children’s books. ( )
  AmandaPalomino | Oct 17, 2014 |
Charming girl without performing arts talent still comes in handy during the production of the talent show. ( )
  paakre | Apr 27, 2013 |
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For Steven Malk and Donna Bray—

my talented agent and editor—

who knew before I did

—S.P.

To my big brother,

Mark Frazee,

who probably thinks

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is stupid

—M.F.
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I have noticed that teachers get exciting confused with boring a lot.
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Eight-year-old Clementine, convinced that she has no talents, tries to find a way to avoid participating in the class talent show.

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