Martha Camps Out (Martha Speaks Series)


Alice and Helen plan to go camping to earn their Junior Gophers badges. When Ronald finds out, he warns them about Big Minnie, a mythical monster who lives in the woods. Undeterred, the campers set off. After all, everybody knows Big Minnie’s imaginary. Or is she?

Includes a fun pretend camping trip activity. Now bilingual!

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Alice and Helen plan to go camping to earn their Junior Gophers badges. When Ronald finds out, he warns them about Big Minnie, a mythical monster who lives in the woods. Undeterred, the campers set off. After all, everybody knows Big Minnie’s imaginary. Or is she?

Includes a fun pretend camping trip activity. Now bilingual!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Did your big brother or older sister play tricks on you? In this early reader, Alice's brother Ronald hears that she is going camping to earn a merit badge. He tells her that she better watch out for Big Minnie on Flea Island. Martha is a bit worried and she assures Alice that she will go along to help protect her. All goes well as the girls, their troop leader and Martha and Skits set up the campsite and cook hotdogs for dinner. When it gets dark, they all hear the strange howling and Alice and Helen deduce that it is not a real monster but her brother Ronald trying to scare them. It does not work and the tables are turned. The story has yet another twist that young readers will find amusing. The back inside cover has a simple exercise asking readers to identify the items that would be helpful during a camping trip. A Level 2 book in the "Green Light Readers" series. Also designated as Guided Reading Level "K," this transitional reader offers simple dialogue, picture and content clues and contains a note to parents and teachers on the opening page. This particular title is taken from the TV series and is based on the original works of Susan Meddaugh. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Children's Literature - Ramirose I. Attebury
Based on the characters from the PBS kids show, this story about Martha, the talking dog, will be a great read for anyone who has ever had older siblings try to scare them. When Alice and Helen decide to try for a camping merit badge, Alice's older brother, Ronald, tells them to watch out for Big Minnie, a monster who lurks in the woods. Concerned for the girls' safety, Martha decides to accompany them on their trip. Just when it seems safe to drift off to sleep in the camp, they hear a howl just like the noise Alice's brother made as he warned them of Big Minnie. Not falling for Ronald's trick, the girls dress up as a monster themselves and scare the boy away. Although somewhat far-fetched, the story will likely entertain young Spanish and English readers alike. A short activity at the end of the book asks readers to select items they would take on their own camping trip. This book would make a good choice in school libraries or classrooms or on the shelf of any child who enjoys the PBS series "Martha Speaks." Reviewer: Ramirose I. Attebury
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547556192
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/18/2011
  • Series: Martha Speaks Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 449,525
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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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