George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends

George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends

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by James Marshall
     
 

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Like all best friends, George and Martha do everything together—go to the movies, play at the beach, and just hang around not doing much of anything. George and Martha teach each other (and adoring readers) that even in a close friendship, privacy is important, practical jokes can sometimes backfire, and among other things, pouring split pea soup into your

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Like all best friends, George and Martha do everything together—go to the movies, play at the beach, and just hang around not doing much of anything. George and Martha teach each other (and adoring readers) that even in a close friendship, privacy is important, practical jokes can sometimes backfire, and among other things, pouring split pea soup into your loafers to spare the chef’s feelings is not the best-laid plan. A man with a talent for friendship, James Marshall defined its very essence in his stories about the world’s two best friends. In this volume, all thirty-five episodes are brought together to celebrate friendship and two of the most lovable characters ever created. Each of these brief tales is filled with humor, and James Marshall’s drawings are guaranteed to spark feelings of empathy, delight, and self-recognition.

This collector’s edition includes an introduction by MauriceSendak as well as appreciations by some of the top authorsand illustrators working in children’s publishing today.It is a true testament to James Marshall as an author, as an artist, and as a person that his work and his life inspired such a diverse and immensely talented group. Noted children’s book historian Anita Silvey provides an afterword.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Marshall...was a lion in children's publishing, and the humanity and humor of this lovely book will delight both children and adults."—The Buffalo News

"Young readers will enjoy having these hilarious and heartwarming stories about these two delightful characters in one easy-to-access place, while adults will value the commentary, which touches upon Marshall’s personality as well as his artistic genius."—SLJ Extra Helping

"[George and Martha] remain . . . two of the more elegant and finely detailed characters in children's literature . . . The new George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends will guarantee at least a month of delightful bedtimes. It will produce belly laughs to be treasured by the moms, dads and grandparents."—The Sunday Plain Dealer

"The stories are super short—indeed, that is part of their charm—and always leave readers and listeners wanting more. The best reviews come from the little experts who sit on laps and hear these stories for the first or 500th time. George and Martha are, quite simply, tons of fun."—BookPage

Wichita Eagle, Great Gift Recommendations 2008

Barnes & Noble Staff
These five short stories, starring two huge hippos with buckteeth and pin-dot eyes, show what friendship is all about. Covering topics such as privacy, vanity, and honesty, all are told with a dry but gentle humor. Marshall knows just how much not to say, and his pictures convey volumes.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The full weight of a meaningful friendship is once again explored through a series of stories about everyone's favorite hefty hippos. Ages 4-8. (March)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
One of children's greatest pre-reading joys is discovering the connection between the print they see and the words they hear while listening to books on tape. Suddenly, as they listen to a tape, and turn the pages when a beep sounds, they have a new sense of accomplishment. A child gifted with auditory talents may recite a story or a hunk of a book or a refrain, and delight in "reading" by him or herself. Two wonderful classics, George and Martha One Fine Day and George and Martha Back in Town, have just been released in tape-book format. Both of these collections of short stories about the friendship between two hippos are silly and endearing. 2000, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 4 to 7, $9.95. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
This delightful easy reader offers two humorous stories about hippo friends George and Martha. The succinct first tale about split pea soup shows how friends can work something out even if they are concerned about hurting one another's feelings. The simple lesson is one to which children can relate. The second story deals with George trying to fly in a hot air balloon but being too heavy for it to lift off. In his attempt to lighten the load, George gets out and the balloon takes off without him. Martha is happy with the outcome knowing that George is safe on the ground with her. Both stories are entertaining and presented in a welcome format that children can read independently. Only a few sentences appear on each text page, while comical illustrations are plentiful and will draw a second look from readers. The illustrations will help readers decipher the text. Add this book to early-grade classroom shelves in order to help children read something fun on their own. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618891955
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Series:
George and Martha Series
Edition description:
Collectors
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
268,409
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

James Marshall (1942–1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including The Stupids, Miss Nelson Is Missing!, and the ever-popular George and Martha books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious children’s books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a master’s degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his life’s work as one of the finest creators of children’s books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.

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George and Martha 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
mom2boysNC More than 1 year ago
I loved George and Martha when I was a child. I read every book my school library had. When one of my boys wanted a book on hippos, George and Martha came up on my search and I rediscovered them. Now my boys beg to read our collection. It has been so great to share. The stories are perfect for second grade, not too babyish and not too mature. And we always read more than one!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The story called 'The Tub' is totally inappropriate for children and I'm very surprised that it was allowed in a children's book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember when i was a little girl, these were my absolute favorite books. I now love hippos because of these books. These are great books and little kids will love them! I know i did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the George and Martha stories because they are so honest and refreshing (and blunt, at times). The ways in which the two hippos interact is always hysterical. The stories are simple enough to read to children, but the pictures are complex enough to keep my college-aged friends entertained, as well!