The Martha Books by Samantha Berger

Samantha Berger, Author

Bruce Whatley, Illustrator

Little, Brown and Company

Ages: Preschool to First Grade

Martha is a feisty and stubborn little girl — otter — who gives hugs, shares her snacks, make presents and reads stories.  But, Martha will not say she’s sorry.   Sometimes she’s not very nice.  She throws objects, kicks things, spills batter on her mother and paint on her father, and disturbs her baby brother.  But, she won’t apologize.   Time-outs follow.  And, her mother doesn’t give treats and her father doesn’t play with a daughter who won’t say she’s sorry.  Martha thinks a long time.  She doesn’t need anyone, or does she?

Martha faces a new challenge in the second book by Berger and Whatley.   She may have learned to apologize in the first book, but this mischievous heroine now faces a new challenge with her favorite new word – MINE.   Martha has a little brother Edwin, and she doesn’t want to share her blanket, scooter, dollhouse,  or toys with him.  Her parents are learning how to creatively handle  Martha.  They leave her alone with all of her possessions.   In doing so, this little spunky otter  discovers something important.

Samantha Berger’s Martha books are a wonderful companion books.  I hope there is a Martha series.  Children will have fun with Martha and learn how to treat one another, and the consequences if they don’t.  Her writing is funny and not preachy.  Bruce Whatley’s water-color and colored-pencil illustrations perfectly capture Martha’s priceless facial expressions and personality.   Berger  is a Vice President of Animated Shorts at Nickelodeon and has written over 70 books for young readers.  Whatley is a highly respected author and illustrator in  Australia.

Copyright (c) 2011,  Patricia Howe Tilton, All Rights Reserved


About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

14 thoughts on “The Martha Books by Samantha Berger

  1. These books look adorable and sound like they would gently encourage kids to apologize and share through good story-telling. I’ll have to look for them in the library 🙂


  2. These books sound like a delightful way to teach kids that manners matter. I confess that “MINE” was a word frequently heard by my parents and playmates…

    I was delighted, this morning, to read Stacy Jensen’s blogpost about your blog! So glad more and more people are reading and realizing what a treasure and great resource this blog is.


    • Thanks Beth. That was a nice surprise to wake up to when I opened my e-mail and saw Stacy’s blogspot. And thank you for adding your personal note about our meeting. My daughter was a great one for using MINE and not sharing. Really liked the author. The books reminded me a bit of Olivia.- Pat


    • Abby, they are fun books with fun messages about manners. Yes, manners don’t seem to be important. I noticed the lack of respect kids had for authority in my daughter’s school. But, many parents are doing a great job. That’s why I think it’s important we write strong messages into our picture books, when kids are most open to learning.:)


    • Joanna, understand what you’re saying. Thought of you when I reviewed these two books. She is a feisty and stubborn little thing, with a good message about manners and behavior. And, I thought of Olivia. Thanks for commenting. 🙂


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