Martha says it with flowers
Book - 2010
Martha always seems to do the wrong thing around Helen's Grandma Lucille. To prove that she really is a considerate dog, Martha decides to do something extra special for Grandma's birthday. Can Martha redeem herself by finding a gift in time for the big day?
- Picture books
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
- Item Description
- Based on the PBS kids show Martha speaks.
- Physical Description
- unpaged : col. ill. ; 24 cm
- Other Authors
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 [Page 128]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
A tale based on an episode from the popular television series finds the talking canine struggling to overcome her typical bad luck with Grandma Lucille by searching for an extra-special birthday gift, an effort that is challenged by Martha's doggy misperceptions. TV tie-in.Review by Publisher Summary 2
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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.