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Play Ball! (Martha Speaks Series) [NOOK Book]

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Martha is suprised when her friend Truman wants to run away and invites her to come along. While Martha is always up for an adventure, she knows there's more to the story. She soon learns he's afraid of going to his softball game the next day because he can't catch the ball. If there's anything Martha is an expert at, it's playing catch! With the help of their human and doggy friends, Martha coaches Truman to catch the ball without fear. But will he be good enough for the big ...

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Play Ball! (Martha Speaks Series)

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Overview

Martha is suprised when her friend Truman wants to run away and invites her to come along. While Martha is always up for an adventure, she knows there's more to the story. She soon learns he's afraid of going to his softball game the next day because he can't catch the ball. If there's anything Martha is an expert at, it's playing catch! With the help of their human and doggy friends, Martha coaches Truman to catch the ball without fear. But will he be good enough for the big game?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Truman does not want to play ball with Martha. He does not want to play ball at all. He does not know how to catch. Martha says that she is an expert and that she will teach him. Off they go to the park, joining other friends and their pets. Truman practices. He has to learn not to shut his eyes when the ball comes his way and how to squeeze the mitt so the ball will stay in it. The next day he no longer wants to be a hobo and run away but heads out to the ball field. He makes a catch, but he has not had the next lesson—learning to throw the ball to second base. Now Truman seeks out Martha's help again, but dogs can catch, they do not throw. At the end of the story there are several pages of activities. The first has readers match the pictures and words; the second one is a story where the reader fills in the correct words. The illustrations appear to be computer generated. This is a level 2 reader in the "Green Light Readers" series. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—At first glance, Farm Dog Martha seems early-reader-friendly with its winsome cartoon illustrations of lovable, comical Martha. But turning the first few pages soon spotlights some graphic design and layout problems. In one spread, an illustration of a flock of sheep overlaps a picture of Martha on her bed at home. Crowded onto this same spread is a large picture of a coyote snarling at the sheep from the top right side. This jumbling of too many actions on one spread hinders readability. In trying to match picture clues with the text, beginning readers will become confused. The large typeface and short lines of text offset these issues in minor ways. In contrast, Play Ball! is a more successful blend of text and pictures, with both contributing equally to a fun early-reading experience in well-balanced spreads. Martha teaches her friend Truman how to catch a ball. Roomy white space surrounds text and illustrations, helping to create a focus. Beginning readers will be able to infer what new words mean, since the pictures showing them are placed alongside. The text and illustrations orchestrate together, so that less on each page is truly more.—James K. Irwin, Evanston Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547770512
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Series: Martha Speaks Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

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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    They didn't work very hard getting this on the NookColor. The pages are all messed up, showing the whole 2 pages, then just one page and then just the words. Kind of confusing. We have the rhythm down now, but I wouldn't have bought this if I knew.

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