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Clementine's Letter (2008)

by Sara Pennypacker

Series: Clementine (3)

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Clementine's beloved teacher, Mr. D'Matz might be leaving for the rest of the year to go on a research trip to Egypt. The only solution, she decides, is to hatch a plan to get Mr. D'Matz back even if it means ruining his once-in-a-lifetime chance.
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Pretty funny, like the other Clementine books -- although also sort of painful in a not very funny way, for all the Clementine/teacher conflict. ( )
  adaq | Dec 25, 2019 |
In the third Clementine book, Clementine finds out her third grade teacher may be leaving to go on an archaeological dig in Egypt - just when she has finally got the hang of third grade! The substitute teacher her class has for the week is not like her old teacher at all. When the class is asked to write letters on behalf of their teacher, Clementine tries to sabotage him so he will have to stay with them, like he promised. Once again, Clementine is completely relatable and the grown-ups in her life - parents, teachers, principal, friends' parents - are kind and involved. The running joke of Clementine's younger brother's name continues.

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Re-read January 2020 ( )
  JennyArch | Oct 12, 2016 |
I enjoyed reading this book, it reminded me of this kid that I went to elementary school who acted a lot like Clementine. Clementine is like many young children: curious and adventurous. I enjoyed her corky attitude. I found it funny that she stuck onto the whole beers and saloons thing that was taught to her by a previous teacher. Overall, this is a pretty good book for elementary students to read. ( )
  Neshia.Rowe | Aug 26, 2016 |
"Clementine's Letter," is a book about a girl named Clementine that is just starting to get the hang of third grade, with the help of her teacher, Mr. D'Matz. He understands her really well, even her need to draw or play Beat the Clock when the day feels like it'll never end. However, Clementine and the rest of her class were up for a big surprise. The principal, Mrs. Rice, informed them that their teacher had been nominated for the Adventures for Teachers program to go to Egypt. This meant that if he won, he would be out for the entire year. Clementine was not happy about this at all. She thought that he would have stood up in front of Mrs.Rice and said, "Nope, Sorry, Mrs. Rice. I can't go away for the rest of the year because I promised to be here" and continue to be her teacher. However, she was wrong. She was so upset that she almost forgot that he wouldn't be there for the rest of the week. When she returned to school the next day, there was a substitute teacher in his place. From the start, Clementine and the substitute, Mrs.Nagel, have communication issues over rules. In return, Celmentine starts to really dread school. One of her class assignments was to write a letter to the judges explaining why her teacher should be chosen to go to Egypt. Clementine certainly did not want her teacher to win and did not want to be stuck with Mrs.Nagel for the rest of the year. She decided to quote something wacky that her friend Mitchell was saying. It was a horrible letter of recommendation and that's just what she wanted. However, Mr.D'Matz picked her paper for her to read in front the judges. Yikes! Suddenly, she had a change of heart and did not read the paper that she originally wrote. She decided to come up with something from the heart, and it was how she really felt about him. She kept going on and on about how much of a good teacher he was. Clementine has really grown a lot as a character by doing the right thing for her teacher. In the end, he didn't even win. Clementine got her teacher back and she made a really great decision by telling the truth about her teacher. ( )
  Sierra.Coupel | Aug 26, 2016 |
Clementine's Letter by Sara Pennypacker is a about a young girl named Clementine. Clementine is a third grader at her elementary school. The story first starts off by her being told that her teacher that she is just becoming "in sync with" might be leaving her and her peers for the rest of the school year and Clementine is not happy about that whatsoever. Meanwhile her classroom gets a substitute that continuously speaks to Clementine about her behavior. For homework, her class is given an assignment to write a letter of recommendation for Mr. D'Matz. Clementine can't seem to write anything down because she is in fact upset with the situation. Instead she starts a book for her father the building manager. Clementine figures that if she write a bad letter, Mr. D'Matz won't be able to go to Egypt and would have to stay back with the class like he promised. She gets a story from Mitchell and writes it as her recommendation. Meanwhile, Clementine wants to also do something for her mother since she is helping her father write a book. She sales some things in her building and earn the money to buy her mother a deluxe art set. As it gets closer to Mr. D'Matz letter reading, Clementine get into more and more trouble with Ms. Nagel because she doesn't knows the rules. At his letter reading, Mr. D'Matz picks Clementine to read her letter. Clementine realizes that he doesn't deserve the horrible letter that she had written so she speaks from the heart. In the end Mr. D'Matz does not win the trip and he realized that he would have declined it anyways because he would not have wanted to leave his students. ( )
  lasmith7 | Aug 25, 2016 |
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For my kids, Hilly

and Caleb, who

opened their hearts

so that Clementine's

would beat.

—S.P.

This makes three

clementines for

my big brother,

Mark Frazee, the

produce guru.

—M.F.
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Clementine's beloved teacher, Mr. D'Matz might be leaving for the rest of the year to go on a research trip to Egypt. The only solution, she decides, is to hatch a plan to get Mr. D'Matz back even if it means ruining his once-in-a-lifetime chance.

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