Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Pennypacker, Sara.
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c2006.
IL 3-6, RL 6.3
ISBN 0786838825

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Hi, I'm Clementine and I'm having a “not so good of a week.” Even though “spectacularful ideas are always sproinging up in my brain” I still got in trouble over gluing Margaret’s hair back on her head. I wasn’t even the one to cut it off in the first place, at least not the first time. And why does everyone tell me I'm not paying attention when I'm the one who notices things like what's happening outside the classroom window or what that the lady in our building is feeding the pigeons out her front windows? Trust me, both these things come in handy. Read Clementine by Sara Pennypacker to see what I mean.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2007-2008)

Booktalk #2

Everyone has a bad day from time to time, but a bad week? Only Clementine can manage to be in the middle of a disaster each day. It starts out quite innocently when she discovers Margaret scrunched up on the floor under the sink in the bathroom crying after she has cut a chunk of hair from her head. Wanting only to help the distraught Margaret, Clementine picks up the scissors and begins to cut. But Margaret’s new, very close cropped hair-do causes quite a stir and Clementine finds herself warming the seat in the principal’s office. Things can’t get any worse, can they? Follow the irrepressible Clementine to find out, but be prepared for some laughs along the way!  (Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards nominee, 2008-2009)

SUBJECTS:     Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.
                        Apartment houses -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Humorous stories.

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