Haunted House (Martha Speaks Series)
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Haunted House (Martha Speaks Series)

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by Susan Meddaugh
     
 

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Martha has to make a flower delivery to a supposedly haunted house. But who ordered the flowers? Is someone fixing up the house? Or was it truly a ghost Martha saw in the spooky darkness? Whoever or whatever it was, Martha knows she has to follow and protect Helen who has gone to investigate. The question is: who will protect Martha?

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Overview

Martha has to make a flower delivery to a supposedly haunted house. But who ordered the flowers? Is someone fixing up the house? Or was it truly a ghost Martha saw in the spooky darkness? Whoever or whatever it was, Martha knows she has to follow and protect Helen who has gone to investigate. The question is: who will protect Martha?

Fun word activities in the paperback include a word scramble and ghostly riddle. Also includes spooky stickers!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The great thing about the show . . . is how seamlessly it weaves word usage into the story lines of each episode. . . . The words are defined, used in sentences and repeated, yet at no time does any of this feel like - ugh! - school." --San Francisco Chronicle

"The show . . . incorporates vocabulary lessons into the antics of Martha and her two-legged pals." --The Washington Post

"Martha's animation is colorful and perky, just like Martha and the family home she inhabits." --The Hollywood Reporter

"Martha's a pretty savvy girl with some pretty good lessons. . . . [she] is a smart, confident, happy dog whose home life illustrates how people should care for animals - another plus for the series." --The Orange County Register

"[T]he real draw is how the series boosts vocabularies, exploring words that require more than a pictogram to explain." --Time Out Kids

"Kids will quickly fall in love with the charming yellow canine at the heart of this series because she's fun-loving and excited to learn new things. . . . Martha Speaks does a good job of exposing kids to new vocabulary. . . . The show also makes an effort to weave in positive messages about qualities like self-confidence, friendship, and civic responsibility - all great lessons for young kids." --Common Sense Media

"There's plenty of good humor from the newly loquacious pooch . . . but the program is, at heart, a stealth vocabulary lesson." --Cookiemag.com

Plenty of parenting blog coverage:

"It is a cartoon about a dog that ate some alphabet soup and it went to her brain instead of her stomach and now she can talk. We even made a trip to the library last week and checked out Martha Speaks books. She will not be happy when I have to return those books. We have to read them to her about four times a day!"

"It is a new, sweet animated series on PBS . . . My little girls love it - and they can be a tough crowd to impress."

"[D]efinitely keeping this cool dog on our watch list." —mommafindings.com

"I love this show." —lovethydog.com

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Susan Meddaugh created quite a character when Martha the dog ate some alphabet soup and started talking. Now she has a TV series and this book is adapted from one of the teleplays. Martha's owner owns a flower shop and asks Martha if she would deliver a basket of flowers. The address is an old unoccupied house that has been recently purchased. Through a series of mishaps Martha ends up frightening the new residents and they in turn frighten her. Once back at the shop Martha learns that the basket was delivered to the wrong address. Martha is not too keen on returning to the house but Helen and T.D. offer to go along. Once again a series of mishaps befalls Helen and she ends up scaring the new residents and being a bit frightened herself. T.D. and Martha finally "rescue" Helen and it looks like they retrieve the basket of flowers. It is a silly story but may have appeal to fans of Martha and especially the TV show. The back pages contain stickers and word puzzle activities. This "Green Light Reader" is a level 2 book targeted to those reading with help. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547210735
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/06/2010
Series:
Martha Speaks Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
481,174
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
280L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
** "The great thing about the show . . . is how seamlessly it weaves word usage into the story lines of each episode. . . . The words are defined, used in sentences and repeated, yet at no time does any of this feel like - ugh! - school."—San Francisco Chronicle ** "The show . . . incorporates vocabulary lessons into the antics of Martha and her two-legged pals."—The Washington Post ** "Martha's animation is colorful and perky, just like Martha and the family home she inhabits."—The Hollywood Reporter ** "Martha's a pretty savvy girl with some pretty good lessons. . . . [she] is a smart, confident, happy dog whose home life illustrates how people should care for animals - another plus for the series."—The Orange County Register ** "[T]he real draw is how the series boosts vocabularies, exploring words that require more than a pictogram to explain."—Time Out Kids ** "Kids will quickly fall in love with the charming yellow canine at the heart of this series because she's fun-loving and excited to learn new things. . . . Martha Speaks does a good job of exposing kids to new vocabulary. . . . The show also makes an effort to weave in positive messages about qualities like self-confidence, friendship, and civic responsibility - all great lessons for young kids."—Common Sense Media ** "There's plenty of good humor from the newly loquacious pooch . . . but the program is, at heart, a stealth vocabulary lesson."—Cookiemag.com ** Plenty of parenting blog coverage:- "It is a cartoon about a dog that ate some alphabet soup and it went to her brain instead of her stomach and now she can talk. We even made a trip to the library last week and checked out Martha Speaks books. She will not be happy when I have to return those books. We have to read them to her about four times a day!"- "It is a new, sweet animated series on PBS . . . My little girls love it - and they can be a tough crowd to impress."- "[D]efinitely keeping this cool dog on our watch list."—mommafindings.com- "I love this show."—lovethydog.com

Meet the Author


Susan Meddaugh was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. She graduated from Wheaton College, where she studied French literature and fine arts. After working briefly with an advertising agency in New York, she moved to Boston and worked at a publishing company for ten years, first as a designer, then art editor, and finally as art director. While there, she did the illustrations for GOOD STONES (Houghton Mifflin) by Anne Epstein, and then decided to strike out on her own as a freelance illustrator and creator of children's books. Since that time, Susan has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including MARTHA SPEAKS, which was chosen as a NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book for 1992. In 1998 she was awarded the New England Book Award, given by the New England Booksellers Association to recognize a body of work. Her work also was acknowledged with a New York Times Best Illustrated Award. She lives in Sherborn, Massachusetts.

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Haunted House (Martha Speaks Series) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Martha speaks chacters helen and her dog matha lived in her dog house
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is to beu beu to be true
SuzyCr More than 1 year ago
My son enjoyed the story but found the Nook formatting very disjointed and hard to follow. It would be nice if this book could be formatted as nicely as the Read to Me books.
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