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Martha Says it with Flowers (Martha Speaks Series)
     

Martha Says it with Flowers (Martha Speaks Series)

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by Susan Meddaugh
 

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Martha always seems to do the wrong thing around Grandma Lucille, like saying the wrong thing at the wrong time or treading on her favorite hat! To prove that she really is a considerate dog, Martha decides to find something extra special for Grandma's birthday. But choosing the right gift for a human is a lot harder than it looks,

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Martha always seems to do the wrong thing around Grandma Lucille, like saying the wrong thing at the wrong time or treading on her favorite hat! To prove that she really is a considerate dog, Martha decides to find something extra special for Grandma's birthday. But choosing the right gift for a human is a lot harder than it looks, especially when Martha's idea of the perfect present is a wormy apple or slab of bacon! In the end, Martha learns that thoughtfulness and perserverance count for far more than any gift could.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Martha the talking dog seems to have a knack for mishaps. This time she ruins Grandma Lucille's hat while trying to do a good deed by bringing it to her. Helen suggests that Martha try doing something nice for Grandma's birthday to get back into her good graces. Well, one need say no more, Martha tries making a card, finds a wormy apple, and some bacon. None of these are going to work so Martha picks some flowers puts them in a basket and leaves them hidden for five days. Guess what happens to cut flowers in a basket for five days—they die. When the day of the party arrives, Martha picks new flowers but then on her way, she manages to end up giving them away or losing them. By the time she gets to Grandma's the basket is empty. Will Grandma be disappointed? How will this story end? Prediction may be one of the lessons readers take from this offering based on the PBS TV show. More of a personal rather than library purchase, this book has stickers that kids can use to create their own cards. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
From the Publisher
"Based on Susan Meddaugh’s characters and a PBS teleplay by Peter K. Hirsch, this tale reveals the verbose pup’s thoughtful side. Her frustrated efforts to please Grandma Lucille result in a crumpled, chewed, drool-decorated hat, and helpful Martha decides to make up the loss with a nice gift for her birthday...Cartoon art includes paw prints marking off days on the calendar and Martha’s personalized signature. Fans of the TV series and the original books will recognize favorite characters in a familiar setting. The book also includes a summary of past history: Martha’s first efforts to speak."—School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Jennifer Waldrop
Martha first says it with a worm-infested apple, a ruined hat, and bacon. These inarticulate attempts do nothing to accomplish her goal of pleasing Grandma Lucille on her birthday, but it is charming to watch her attempt. Told from Martha's point of view, the book points out that for some people, it is simply impossible to find the perfect gift. As a dog, Martha is at even more of a disadvantage. She merely wants to accomplish what most people hope to do with a present—please a loved one and show that, despite the occasional piece of ruined headwear, one really can be considerate. Martha finally succeeds in giving Grandma Lucille the perfect present and realizes that true gifts are not always tangible. Martha's dilemma results in a fun read that will please young readers. Reviewer: Jennifer Waldrop
School Library Journal
K-G 2—Based on Susan Meddaugh's characters and a PBS teleplay by Peter K. Hirsch, this tale reveals the verbose pup's thoughtful side. Her frustrated efforts to please Grandma Lucille result in a crumpled, chewed, drool-decorated hat, and helpful Martha decides to make up the loss with a nice gift for her birthday. Unfortunately, the dog's tastes don't quite match Lucille's. Not a card (mislabeled "Happy 100th Birthday"), a lovely half-eaten apple inhabited by a worm, or a slab of bacon (surely the perfect present) is just right; therefore, Martha vainly attempts to keep flowers fresh in a basket for a party present. Speech bubbles again accentuate Martha's conversational flair, and the large, uncluttered pictures follow the pup's efforts to show how truly considerate she can be. Not forgotten are details of Martha's typical doglike temptations—occasional treats and readiness for a nap. Cartoon art includes paw prints marking off days on the calendar and Martha's personalized signature. Fans of the TV series and the original books will recognize favorite characters in a familiar setting. The book also includes a summary of past history: Martha's first efforts to speak.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services Plano ISD, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547371597
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/03/2011
Series:
Martha Speaks Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
"Based on Susan Meddaugh’s characters and a PBS teleplay by Peter K. Hirsch, this tale reveals the verbose pup’s thoughtful side. Her frustrated efforts to please Grandma Lucille result in a crumpled, chewed, drool-decorated hat, and helpful Martha decides to make up the loss with a nice gift for her birthday...Cartoon art includes paw prints marking off days on the calendar and Martha’s personalized signature. Fans of the TV series and the original books will recognize favorite characters in a familiar setting. The book also includes a summary of past history: Martha’s first efforts to speak."—School Library Journal

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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Martha Says it with Flowers (Martha Speaks Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She loves it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoght this was cliford :-(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the review that says Read It it has a lot of spelling mistakes. I wrote that and I'm sorry about the spelling mistakes. I'm new at typing on this. And I just realized it. So sorry about the spelling mistakes!
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