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Martha Speaks: So You Want to Be a Dog? (Chapter Book)
     

Martha Speaks: So You Want to Be a Dog? (Chapter Book)

by Susan Meddaugh
 

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Hypothesis: "It’s easier being a dog than being a human." This seems pretty safe to say, but the notion is put to the test in this funny, action-packed, full-color chapter book based on the PBS show Martha Speaks. When Carolina is turned into a dog, she finds out how irresistible mud, meat, and squirrels can be…and ends up at

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Hypothesis: "It’s easier being a dog than being a human." This seems pretty safe to say, but the notion is put to the test in this funny, action-packed, full-color chapter book based on the PBS show Martha Speaks. When Carolina is turned into a dog, she finds out how irresistible mud, meat, and squirrels can be…and ends up at the shelter! Then T.D. volunteers to live as a dog for a day. Is it as easy at it looks? By the end, readers will not only have had a good laugh, they’ll know the difference between empathy and sympathy, manners and mannerisms, and more. A glossary and some fun activities round out this perspective-tweaking chapter book.

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School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Martha the talking dog is back. Both books contain easy-to-read chapters that work as stand-alone tales. In Stories, the gang camps out in the backyard and decides to tell science-fiction stories. The characters relay quirky and entertaining plots that range from invading aliens to a nod to Poe with "The Telltale Artichoke Heart." In the first story in Dog, Helen's cousin turns into a collie. As with most body-swapping scenarios, each character comes away with a new appreciation of the other's life. The second story is all about T.D.'s idea to pretend to be a dog for a day. Of course, he finds out that being a canine is not as easy as it seems. Because of the bold, colorful illustrations, familiarity of the characters, and readability of the texts, these titles should prove to be a big hit with the beginning-reader crowd. Activities suggestions add to the appeal. Some of the vocabulary may prove to be challenging, but new words are repeated often and used in context throughout the short chapters. Good choices for Martha's many followers.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA
From the Publisher

"Because of the bold, colorful illustrations, familiarity of the characters, and readability of the texts, these titles should prove to be a big hit with the beginning-reader crowd."
--School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547970189
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Series:
Martha Speaks Series
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,319,516
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.52(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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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