Shelter Dog Blues (Martha Speaks Series)

Shelter Dog Blues (Martha Speaks Series)

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by Susan Meddaugh
     
 

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Martha has lost her collar and ended up at the local animal shelter. It falls to her to organize a pound break for all her new doggy friends but she soon discovers freedom isn't much without a family. When Martha's owner finally comes to take her home, she realizes that she can't leave her shelter friends behind. Martha, Helen,&…  See more details below

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Martha has lost her collar and ended up at the local animal shelter. It falls to her to organize a pound break for all her new doggy friends but she soon discovers freedom isn't much without a family. When Martha's owner finally comes to take her home, she realizes that she can't leave her shelter friends behind. Martha, Helen, and her friends cook up a spectacular plan--Wagstaff's first Top Dog Show--to find families for all of the pound pooches! The book will include a cast of characters introduction and two pages of word-fun activities.

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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Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Part of the "Martha Speaks" series, this story is based on the PBS TV series screen play written by Matt Steinglass which is, in turn, based on characters created by Susan Meddaugh. Martha is a very clever dog who, thanks to a daily bowl of alphabet soup, can speak human words. She lives with a loving family who wish she would n'ot speak quite so much. Much to her displeasure, Martha's little girl, Helen, insists she take a bath. But Helen has to take the garbage out before she can put Martha's collar back on, so Martha tries to put her collar on by herself. The collar flips out the window and into the trash can, which Helen then delivers to the garbage collector. Martha chases after the garbage truck and, because she has soap bubbles all over her mouth, the driver thinks she is rabid. After she is caught by the dog catcher, Kazuo, and taken to the animal shelter, Martha learns the plight of the stray dogs waiting for homes to go to. When Kazuo finally takes off his ear buds and realizes Martha can talk, she is reconnected with her family. But she feels sorry for the other dogs at the shelter. So, clever dog that she is, Martha gets Helen and her friend to help organize an "adopt a dog" talent show and all the other dogs end up in happy homes. It is a cute story with a good message and, at the end of the book there are vocabulary exercises, plus information on adopting a dog. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547532400
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/18/2010
Series:
Martha Speaks Series
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
452,563
File size:
42 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
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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Shelter Dog Blues (Martha Speaks Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Martha was tacking a bath and lost her coler it fell into the garbag can hallen did not know she put it in the garbag truk Martha cast after it but ended up in the pound. Hellen founed Martha.
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I got a free sample and it didnt show the story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stupidest book eva its soooo BABY!!!
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