Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker
In the latest installment of the Clementine series, which happens to be one of my all-time favorite series, Clementine is taking a spring field trip with her class to Plimoth Plantation. Clementine has agreed to be partners with her friend Margaret on the trip, mostly because the fourth graders have a rule that you have to eat without making any noise. Margaret wants to partner with Clementine too, since Clementine doesn’t mind dirty things at all and Margaret most definitely does. Then a new classmate comes along and complicates things. Olive has her own language that she teaches everyone and is well on her way to being very popular, when she is paired with Clementine for the field trip. With all of their plans in disarray, what will happen on the field trip?
Just as with all of the Clementine books, Pennypacker has created a modern girl living in a modern family. She merrily inserts levity throughout the book from the cleaning of the statues in the park to the stinky bus they have to take on the field trip. The character of Clementine continues to be complex, artistic and monumentally creative. This of course can lead to getting into trouble, but what jolly trouble it is!
This series belongs in every school and public library. Get it into the hands of creative kids and those who want a good giggle. Appropriate for ages 7-9.
Reviewed from library copy.