Bruce Whatley, Illustrator
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.
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