A Winter's Tail (Martha Speaks Series)

A Winter's Tail (Martha Speaks Series)

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by Susan Meddaugh
     
 

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Martha and friends must save Skits after he slides onto thin ice during a snow-day hockey game.

Skits is terrified of hockey pucks, but why? Helen recounts the unforgettable snowday hockey game at the root of his fear. Back when Skits was just a pup, he was eager to participate in an outdoor hockey game. But when his enthusiasm got the better of him, he chased a

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Martha and friends must save Skits after he slides onto thin ice during a snow-day hockey game.

Skits is terrified of hockey pucks, but why? Helen recounts the unforgettable snowday hockey game at the root of his fear. Back when Skits was just a pup, he was eager to participate in an outdoor hockey game. But when his enthusiasm got the better of him, he chased a puck straight past the goal line and onto thin ice! It’s a good thing that good dog Martha was there to race to the rescue!

Includes a wintry crossword puzzle.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The first page is set up like a comic strip and it gives readers an immediate introduction to Martha and how she came to speak. Then the actual story begins. Readers learn that Skits is afraid of hockey pucks. What a strange fear, but the story unfolds and Skits who had never seen snow is enticed to come outside. Then Alice is challenged by her brother to play a game of ice hockey. They mark off an out-of-bounds area where the ice is thin, but Skits really doesn't understand. When the puck heads out for the thin ice, Skits chases it and is trapped. It is up to Martha to go and get the adults and Dad certainly saves the day along with Martha whose ingenuity in using Mr. Chewy gets Skits to move off the thin ice. There is an additional twist at the end. The story and illustrations are based on the TV series teleplay written by Raye Lankford which in turn is based on the characters created by Susan Meddaugh. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547585192
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Series:
Martha Speaks Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
496,554
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Meddaugh studied art and illustration and has worked as a designer, art director, and freelance illustrator. She now lives in Sherborn, Massachusetts with her son and three shelter dogs. She has created and illustrated many books for children. In 1998 she was awarded the New England Book Award, given by the New England Booksellers Association to recognize a body of work.

Martha was a real dog who lived with Susan and her family. One day, when Susan's son Niko (who was 7 at the time) was eating alphabet soup, he wondered what would happen if they fed the soup to Martha. Would she talk? This was the seed for the first Martha Speaks book. Since then five more pictures book about Martha have been published. A PBS television show debuted in September 2008 with much fanfare and many great reviews.

To see an interview with the author, go to the PBS website: pbskids.org/martha/index.html

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