Saturday, June 29, 2013

Kid Konnection: Clementine and the Spring Trip

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week, I'm going to share with you a fun book that definitely kept me entertained!

Summary: In this sixth entry in the thoroughly entertaining Clementine series, the third and fourth grades takes a field trip to Plimoth Plantation, where Clementine learns a few things about rules: who gets to make them, who has to live with them, and when it's high time to break them.-- Disney Hyperion

It's been quite awhile since I've picked on a Clementine book. So long, in fact, that I forgot just how adorable this series is. The sixth and latest book in this popular series is called CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP by Sara Pennypacker and illustrations by Marla Frazee; and it's a fantastic book for kids.

In CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP, Clementine's third grade class in going to visit Plimoth Plantation. The thing is, the fourth graders are going too; and they have some pretty silly rules like "punishing" those third graders who make any noise at all when they eat! To make things even more complicated, Clementine isn't allowed to be buddies with her friend Margaret. Rather, she's been asked to stick with the new girl Olive.

Clementine learns quite a bit during this novel -- much more than just the history of Plimoth Plantation. She learns about "rules." For example, she learns who gets to make them and who has to follow them. But ultimately, she also learns when it's okay to break them!

I adored CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP! There are a lot of different story lines in this book, and Ms. Pennypacker is a master at pulling all of them together. What made this book even more special was how the theme of rules ran throughout all of the separate stories. I loved the lessons that Clementine learned and the different ways she learned them!

As a parent, there is no doubt that I thought CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP was a great book. However, I am almost positive that kids will love the book just as much as I did... albeit probably for different reasons. If you are familiar with the Clementine series, then you already know that Clementine gets herself into her fair share of interesting predicaments. She's also extremely funny and the humor in these books is perfect for an early elementary aged boy or girl. Furthermore, the illustrations by Marla Frazee are cute too and help break up the pages of words for early readers.

CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP is a great addition to the Clementine series. Highly recommended for fans -- both old and new!

And just in case you're interested, here's a photo I found of Plimoth Plantation:
 Looks like a pretty fun field trip, right?

Make sure you check out Ms. Pennypacker's fun guest post along with a giveaway for CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP.

Thanks to the publisher and Blue Slip Media for providing a review copy of this book.

If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!


Beth F said...

I haven't read any of the Clementine books but they sound delightful -- humor and mischief.

Laura Fabiani said...

I'm sure my kids would have loved this. Spunky characters are always a hit with my kids.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I love spunky characters as well. We've come a long way from Dick and Jane, thank heavens!

bermudaonion said...

I just love Clementine!

Julie @ Smiling Shelves said...

I haven't heard of the Clementine series before, but I'll need to check them out now!