Thief of Hearts (Martha Speaks Series)(With 6 Detachable Valentines)


Helen and friends decide to make homemade valentines for each other. But when everybody’s art supplies begin disappearing, they start to suspect each other. Can Martha sniff out the culprit of the stolen supplies before their sweet holiday mood goes sour?
Paperback includes a fun word activity and two sheets of cardstock valentines to color and decorate!

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Helen and friends decide to make homemade valentines for each other. But when everybody’s art supplies begin disappearing, they start to suspect each other. Can Martha sniff out the culprit of the stolen supplies before their sweet holiday mood goes sour?
Paperback includes a fun word activity and two sheets of cardstock valentines to color and decorate!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The great thing about the show . . . is how seamlessly it weaves word usage into the story lines of each episode. . . . The words are defined, used in sentences and repeated, yet at no time does any of this feel like - ugh! - school."—San Francisco Chronicle

"The show . . . incorporates vocabulary lessons into the antics of Martha and her two-legged pals."—The Washington Post

"Martha's animation is colorful and perky, just like Martha and the family home she inhabits."—The Hollywood Reporter

"Martha's a pretty savvy girl with some pretty good lessons. . . . [she] is a smart, confident, happy dog whose home life illustrates how people should care for animals - another plus for the series."—The Orange County Register

"[T]he real draw is how the series boosts vocabularies, exploring words that require more than a pictogram to explain."—Time Out Kids

"Kids will quickly fall in love with the charming yellow canine at the heart of this series because she's fun-loving and excited to learn new things. . . . Martha Speaks does a good job of exposing kids to new vocabulary. . . . The show also makes an effort to weave in positive messages about qualities like self-confidence, friendship, and civic responsibility - all great lessons for young kids."—Common Sense Media

"There's plenty of good humor from the newly loquacious pooch . . . but the program is, at heart, a stealth vocabulary lesson."—

Plenty of parenting blog coverage:

"It is a cartoon about a dog that ate some alphabet soup and it went to her brain instead of her stomach and now she can talk. We even made a trip to the library last week and checked out Martha Speaks books. She will not be happy when I have to return those books. We have to read them to her about four times a day!"

"It is a new, sweet animated series on PBS . . . My little girls love it - and they can be a tough crowd to impress."

"[D]efinitely keeping this cool dog on our watch list." —

"I love this show." —

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Valentine's Day is approaching and Carolina, Helen, and T.D. are excited about making their valentines. Skits the dog is not. He just wants to play in the snow. After comforting their friend Truman who says he can't do crafts, the children return to their artwork only to find it missing. The friends search throughout the house, and begin to argue with one another about who hid the items. Martha the dog comes to the rescue, leading the friends to their supplies. When they identify the culprit, all go outside to play in the snow. This simple holiday mystery in the "Martha Speaks" series is just right for the beginning-to-read crowd. It is a Level 1 book in the "Green Light Readers" series. There are six detachable valentine cards for the reader to color for friends. The inside back cover has a hidden word puzzle and fill-in-the-blank sentences for beginning readers to reinforce their skills. This inexpensive item would make a fine little Valentine's Day gift for "Martha Speaks" fans. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547371627
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/3/2011
  • Series: Martha Speaks Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 519,202
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (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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