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Martha Doesn't Share!
     

Martha Doesn't Share!

by Samantha Berger
 

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Martha has a new favorite word.
And that word is MINE!


Martha has officially mastered apologizing. Unfortunately, she still has a lot to work on when it comes to sharing. And while she doesn't learn to love it, she does discover that having her toys to herself means having to play with them all by herself, too. Not so fun!

Overview

Martha has a new favorite word.
And that word is MINE!


Martha has officially mastered apologizing. Unfortunately, she still has a lot to work on when it comes to sharing. And while she doesn't learn to love it, she does discover that having her toys to herself means having to play with them all by herself, too. Not so fun!

This hilarious follow-up to Martha doesn't say sorry! shows readers that sharing isn't all that bad when you take it one (small) toy at a time--like Martha does. It gets easier every day. Well, almost every day.

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Publishers Weekly
In addition to not saying sorry, Martha the otter has little interest in sharing ("Martha has a new favorite word, and that word is... Mine!"). When Martha refuses to play nice, her parents and brother leave her to play alone, and she soon discovers that "it's hard to ping when you don't have someone to pong." Accompanied by Whatley's expressive pencils and watercolors, Berger quietly reminds readers that sharing, while sometimes difficult, is more fun. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
Martha (her new favorite word is "mine") is more than a bit reluctant to share her toys with her baby brother. Solution? Her family ostracizes her until she capitulates. Martha is an appealingly expressive and self-possessed preschool sea otter, and the lineup of items she calls "mine" is quite funny (a lava lamp, a cupcake, a potted plant, a chair, all the teddy bears). As rendered by Whatley, her family is nicely rounded and their expressions patient and loving. The text is simple, nicely paced and to the point: " 'K, Maffa,' says Edwin as he waddles away." But the resolution is a bit flat-footed, coming after Martha is left to think about sharing: "She thinks and thinks and thinks about it." This thinking approach would seem to be a developmental unlikelihood for a preschooler as young as Martha. Young listeners who don't simply feel sorry for the lesson imposed on her may feel manipulated or even slightly outraged on her behalf. Still, for Martha's fans or for parents looking for a book to help deliver a message, this may be just the ticket. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316186735
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
02/11/2011
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,114,882
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Samantha Berger will happily share her puppets and lava lamp, but she she loves sharing her children's books most of all. She is the author ofMartha Doesn't Say Sorry, Martha Doesn't Share, and Crankenstein. She now lives in New York where Samantha and her dog Polly Pocket share a home, love for the Golden Girls, and pancakes every Sunday.
Bruce Whatley has always shared. When he was young, he shared the measles and the mumps with all his friends. He is also happy to share the blame for his messy studio...but nobody wants to share that with him. Bruce shares his life in Australia with his wife, Rosie, and their two grown-up children, Ben and Ellyn.

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