Martha Speaks (Martha Speaks Series)

Martha Speaks (Martha Speaks Series)

by Susan Meddaugh


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When Helen Finney feeds alphabet soup to her dog, Martha, it goes straight up to her brain, and Martha begins to speak! But having a talking dog isn't always as much fun as it seems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395729526
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 03/28/1995
Series: Martha Speaks Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 186,792
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About 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 Speaks 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Bettie Ann Green More than 1 year ago
i loved this book and im 80 yrs old
Max-Mom More than 1 year ago
We were very disappointed with this book. My son loves the Martha Speaks series on PBS and was excited to read a book with his favorite characters. Unfortunately, the language used in this book is very different than on TV. Martha makes inappropriate comments including telling a man he is fat. I cringed while reading thinking my parrot of a three-year-old might say that about a stranger in public now. At this age it is monkey see monkey do. Eventually in the story, the family shouts at Martha to SHUT-UP! and I was horrified. We never use this phrase in our family. I replaced the words with BE QUIET! but I fear it might be confusing to keep doing that as my son is learning to read. I regret buying this book and do not recommend it. If you do buy it, read it to yourself first and make sure you are comfortable with the language before sharing with your children.
Jill.Barrington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Martha is a dog who acquires the ability to talk. Her family begins to regret her new ability to talk because Martha talks a lot; however, they later learn to appreciate Martha's new ability.
kidlit9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Problems arise when Martha, the family dog, learns to speak after eating alphabet soup.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The_Paperback_Pursuer More than 1 year ago
Description: When Helen feeds alphabet soup to her dog, Martha, the letters go into her brain instead of her tummy! So instead of a "bark" or a "woof", Martha speaks words; but having a talking dog is not what Helen's family expects... Review: Martha Speaks is definitely a classic children's book, its popularity rivaling that of Clifford the Big Red Dog and Thomas the Train. Children and adults are pulled in by Susan Meddaugh's creative story-line and adorable water-color illustrations; Martha's world comes to life - especially when listening to the included audio CD. I love the message that the book offers to children - communication is important, but you need to learn how/ where to use it - a great lesson for children of all ages, particularly first and second graders. I know that elementary schools in my area use this book, as well as the rest of the Martha series, and I see how much kids enjoy it, especially my younger nephews. Martha Speaks is full of great vocabulary, fun illustrations and narration, and is highly recommended! Rating: On the Run (4/5) *** I received this book from the author (Houghton Mifflin Company) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My son brought this amazing book home from school one day and we read it together. He said to me, 'If the T.V. show is good, then this book will be good!' It's based on the very good idea that if you eat alphabet soup, you can learn to talk. This is clever and got me to add other veggies to my son's alphabet soup to get him to eat them as well. What a great concept!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book, Martha is great for younger kids but grownups enjoy it too! I definatley recommend it.
Anny Lin More than 1 year ago
creepy cover
Emily Doss More than 1 year ago
The cover scares me!