Completely Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

My 8 year old daughter and I read Completely Clementine together not too long after its release. We are big fans of the Clementine series, and have read all of the other books.

Completely Clementine marks a turning point for our heroine. After six books, Clementine has finally reached the end of third grade. She is not very happy about this because she doesn’t like when things change. She is not looking forward to moving to a new class because she likes her teacher and her classroom.

Meanwhile at home, her mother is pregnant with a new sibling, so Clementine is facing changes on all fronts. And if that were not enough, her father insists on eating meat. Clementine has recently become a vegetarian, and her attempts to dissuade her father from eating meat fail to have the desired impact.

So what’s a girl to do when the world around her is changing in ways she can’t control?

My daughter and I absolutely loved Completely Clementine. Clementine has a very unique way of looking at the world, and her outlook is charming and refreshing. Clementine is not rude or disobedient, but she is often inadvertently mischievous. This results in many silly situations, and my daughter often laughed so hard as I read out loud to her that we had to stop so she could compose herself. Clementine has a kind heart, and often thinks of other people. She loves her family very much, and she loves her teacher too.

I would recommend Completely Clementine, as well as the rest of the Clementine series. The books do not have to be read in order, but I would recommend reading a few of the other titles before reading Completely Clementine. This will give you a better sense of appreciation for the character.

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