Clementine’s Letter by Sara Pennypacker
(Hyperion Books, 2008, 160 pages)
Clementine is in third grade and it seems finally, her teacher, Mr. D’Matz, understands her. She had to spend many hours in the principal’s office having little chats to get to this point. School has been fun this year, that is, until the principal, Mrs. Rice, comes in to make an announcement. It seems Mr. D’Matz has been selected as a finalist to go on a trip to Egypt. Ok, so he may be gone for a few weeks, Clementine thinks she can handle that. But, NO, he will be gone for a week as a finalist and if he wins, he will be gone for the rest of the school year.
NO! Clementine doesn’t think she will survive the year without Mr. D’Matz. Mrs. Nagel is the new teacher and it is obvious from the first day that she has it in for Clementine. She just doesn’t understand Clementine! On day four of the torture, Mrs. Rice comes into the classroom with another announcement. She has the wise idea that the students take time out of their weekend to write a letter to the judges as to why Mr. D’Matz should win the trip. No way, thought Clementine. There is no way she can write a letter to help him to be gone for the remainder of the year. Suddenly, Clementine has a great idea! She would write a letter, alright, just not the letter Mrs. Rice wants her to write.
Now for the suspense……. I will not tell you how this delightful children’s story ends. You will have to read it to find out. My granddaughters and I have just finished reading it and the suspense over the weeks has been fun for them.