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Clementine and the Family Meeting

By: Sara Pennypacker

Illustrator: Marla Frazee

Clementine is relieved to hear that the family meeting is not about something she is doing wrong. She’s n-o-t, not relieved to hear that a new baby is on the way. Black-and-white illustrations done in pen and ink.

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ISBN: 9781423123569


Series: Clementine
Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Family life , Brothers and sisters , Sibling rivalry , Change , Humorous stories

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Awards & Honors

2011 Cybils Awards, Early Chapter Books, Finalist

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Clementine’s fifth adventure for early chapter-book readers addresses a topic many children can relate to. The third-grader’s parents call a family meeting to announce that a new baby is on the way. Clementine’s reaction to the news is realistic—she says “No thanks!” She argues that four is the perfect number for Clementine’s fifth adventure for early chapter-book readers addresses a topic many children can relate to. The third-grader’s parents call a family meeting to announce that a new baby is on the way. Clementine’s reaction to the news is realistic—she says “No thanks!” She argues that four is the perfect number for a family, for reasons as varied as there are four sides to a puzzle to the fact that hot dogs come in packages of eight, so a family of four can have two each. Her parents are a little surprised by her reaction but take the time to try to understand how she is feeling and demonstrate how special she is to them. Through some humorous conversations with her friends, grandparents, and teacher, Clementine changes her perspective on the situation. This is a solid entry in the series, and it will surely keep readers wanting more.—Amy Commers, South St. Paul Public Library, MN

Horn Book

Clementine knows that a family meeting means trouble, and when her mother won’t give her an advance peek at the agenda, Clementine is really worried. Is she smiling enough? Being nice to her brother? Using her best manners? Nothing can prepare our heroine for the bombshell her parents launch: there will be a new baby in the house. Clementi

Clementine knows that a family meeting means trouble, and when her mother won’t give her an advance peek at the agenda, Clementine is really worried. Is she smiling enough? Being nice to her brother? Using her best manners? Nothing can prepare our heroine for the bombshell her parents launch: there will be a new baby in the house. Clementine’s reaction is less than enthusiastic. “Our family is four. There are four sides to a puzzle so we can all work on it at once… Four is the perfect number for a family!” Clementine’s friends are changing, too. Margaret has become a “makeup fiend,” and Waylon, her science class buddy, is suddenly obsessed with his self-professed superpowers. Even Eighteen, the rat who was supposed to be the star of their science project, has run away. Clementine’s father reassures her by admitting that he understands her ambivalence about the new baby. And when Clementine calls a family meeting of her own, readers will see how much she has matured in just a few years…and can imagine what a great big sister she will make. Clementine is becoming a more complex character as she matures, and fans of this fine series will enjoy the nuanced way she has grown more trustworthy and mature while staying true to herself.

Book Details

ISBN

9781423123569

Genre

Dewey Classification

Fiction

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 7 3/4"

Page Count

176

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.9; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.5; Points: 5;

Lexile

Level 630L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Disney-Hyperion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Family life, Brothers and sisters, Sibling rivalry, Change, Humorous stories,

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