Summary from Goodreads:
For Clementine, spring is a really big deal. It’s the time for seeing her apple tree start to grow, for watching her friend Margaret go crazy with spring cleaning, and for going on the school trip to Plimoth Plantation. Clementine is ready for Ye Olden Times, but she isn’t so sure about surviving lunch there-the fourth graders have strict rules about no eating sounds. (What is snicking, anyway? ) If that wasn’t enough, Clementine also faces the challenges of learning Olive-language and surviving The Cloud on Bus 7.
Hearing the pilgrim lady talk about why she made the long journey from England makes Clementine think about rules. Who makes them, and what do they mean to the people who have to live with them? Today Clementine has to decide which rules are made to be broken.
As a children’s librarian, I’ve read my fair share of kid’s books. I really love books written for children, but I haven’t read that many over the last few years. I’ve devoted so much of my reading time to YA and adults books for the blog. That said, when I realized there was a Clementine book I hadn’t read, I immediately remedied that. The Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker is a favorite of mine, and I wasn’t at all disappointed with Pennypacker’s latest Clementine book.
The highlight of the Clementine series is Clementine herself. Clementine, the main character (logically), is a very precocious third grader. She lives in Boston with her parents, and her little brother. She always calls her brother vegetable names (such as Potato, Carrot, etc) because the only think worse than having a fruit name is a veggie name. But even though Clementine doesn’t call her brother by his name, it’s clear she’s very fond of him.
This is a chapter book for younger readers (2nd-4th graders) so the plot is fairly simple; however simple doesn’t mean bad. I found the story utterly charming, something that made me think back on my years in school, and something that school-aged children could enjoy today.
Obviously, I adored Clementine and the Spring Trip. It would be a wonderful holiday gift for boys or girls. If you enjoy children’s literature, give the Clementine series a try. They’re quick reads, and quite delightful.