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Posted September 1, 2012
Reviewed by Kristie I. for Readers Favorite
“Martha Doesn’t Share!”, written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Bruce Whatley, is shared in an audio version and will hold your child’s attention as well as share an important life lesson. Martha does not like to share her things with her brother and her favorite word has become “mine.” Martha’s toys and blanket are “mine” and she does not want to share. Martha realizes though that some things are difficult to play and do by herself and it really is not that much interesting to play with her toys all by herself. Martha learns that in order for others to play with her and to have more fun playing, she needs to learn to share her things.
Sharing and playing with others is a valuable lesson for children to learn at a young age and this is just the book to help teach and reinforce this concept with young children. The audio version of this book is well-done as the quality is excellent and the story is easily understood and followed. Young children will enjoy listening to this story and it has just the correct length to hold their attention. This story illustrates the point that there are items Martha can have fun playing with by herself; however, there are times when it is more fun to play with others and it is a good thing to share. The story is written with the stress on a message to young children in a way that is easily understood by them.
Posted October 24, 2010
Back before the internet, we had Little Golden Books' The Saggy Baggy Elephant, and the Poky Little Puppy; but now the hive mind of pop culture has identified a brand new children's book superstar! Martha the Otter! I read Martha to my niece, and I can tell you it was a delight from beginning to end! The artwork is funny; and the tale of Martha the Otter is in a class by itself. Clever, endearing, and deceptively educational...Martha Doesn't Share is charming from cover to cover. This is sure to be a beloved memory for your child in the same way that your favorite childrens book was for you. Pick this one up, you WILL NOT regret it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Honestly, when a friend recommended the Martha books because they taught great lessons, I did not have high hopes. I find "lesson books" in general to be preachy and uninspiring. However, "Martha Doesn't Share!" and it's prequel, "Martha Doesn't Say Sorry!" are ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! Spoiler alert: Martha does learn to share (and to say sorry) but she does so on her own. When Martha's baby brother wants to play with her scooter, she says no. Martha's parents suggest that she take turns with her baby brother, but Martha doesn't particularly like to take turns, so she scoots away. At this point, no one tells her what to do, forces her to share, or takes away her toys to punish her. Martha decides to share ON HER OWN. Samantha Berger's writing is surprising, funny, and delivers an honest portrayal of familiar childhood trials. Bruce Whatley's illustrations capture little Martha's hoarding, and are a wonderful compliment and addition to the text. Very highly recommend.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 7, 2010
Martha Doesn't Share is a gem. I was able to get an advanced copy from a friend who works for another publishing house and found it to be an amazing book. My 2 grandchildren loved the previous book and this one was easily it's equal - superb. . The illustrations are engrossing, but the words resonate with my grandchildren. They also gpt the messsage - an important one for chidren their ages (5 and almost 4). Keep up the good work and make this an ongoing series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.