George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

Relates several episodes in the friendship of two hippopotamuses.

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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
From the Publisher
George and Martha (1972); George and Martha Encore (1973); George and Martha Rise and Shine (1976); George and Martha One Fine Day (1978); George and Martha Tons of Fun (1980); George and Martha Back in Town (1984); George and Martha Round and Round (1988). Young fans will enjoy this twenty-fifth anniversary edition, which contains all thirty-five stories about the hippo duo (and is as hefty as its subjects); older fans will particularly appreciate the foreword by Maurice Sendak. Horn Book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618891955
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: George and Martha Series
  • Edition description: Collectors
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 151,581
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    2nd generation to love

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2008

    Not appropriate

    The story called 'The Tub' is totally inappropriate for children and I'm very surprised that it was allowed in a children's book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2004

    Childhood memories

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2003

    If laughter is the best medicine...

    The 1st time I read George & Martha was as an adult. I read the complete stories book. George & Martha mirrored situations I've experienced with my friend, but they did it with humor & sensitivity. This book will help you laugh at yourself and feel better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    The greatest book ever for kids AND adults!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2000

    George and Martha

    I remember the fear in the pit of my stomach when my grandmother would come out of the kitchen with a pot of this strange green substance called 'split pea soup'. Why am i telling you this? Because it was George who taught me that if you give it a chance, it really isn't as bad as it looks. I have fond memories of all the stories in this collection. I recommend it to everyone! My mom read them to me and i hope to share them with my children.

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