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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: George and Martha
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company (September 9, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395166195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395166192
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The secret of Mr. Marshall's success lies not just in the freshness of his sense of the ridiculous, but in the carefulness of his control and editorial judgment." The New York Times

About the Author

James Marshall (1942–1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including The Stupids, Miss Nelson Is Missing!, and the ever-popular George and Martha books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious children’s books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a master’s degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his life’s work as one of the finest creators of children’s books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.

Customer Reviews

Suggested 1st grade read.
A. Dunn
I've read a lot of kids books to my children - we don't have a TV - but George and Martha is one of the best ones.
John Fanning
I loved this book as a child and was so excited to find it as a read along book.
Jep's Mom

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A 12-year old reader on December 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a terrific book for anybody, even though its marketed as a young children's book. I love this book, (and I'm 12) and my parents and older sister, (who pretends not to) do too. This book chronicles the stories of two best friends, who just so happen to be hippos. They relate moral messages, but in a far from preachy way. The illustrations are colorful and the two hippos are shown as cute and cuddly. (aw[...] they sell these really cute George and Martha dolls somewhere) In short this is a great book for anybody. So read it!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alan R. Holyoak on May 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
George and Martha, two hippos who are best friends have amazing adventures in this easy to read, fun to experience set of short tales.
I think, no, I'm sure that my wife likes this book more than our children do, and our children love it. There are now several quotes from this book that have become common place at our home.
One is, "It's important to sample new products."
Try this book, you'll enjoy it thoroughly. The art work appears simple, but it's appropriately wonderful to the tone and stories of these two good friends.
5 stars, no question about it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Y. Smittle on March 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
These are great tales of friendship--even for beginners, like my 4 yr old preschool class. They love all the little stories. A few go over their heads, but they get the concept of the humor and companionship represented by these sweet, lovable, sometimes mischevious and selfish hippos. I've tried reading them the other George and Martha books, but this is their favorite. Gosh, thank God for James Marshall and his inventions!
(We have an old copy---the kids love the "pink cookies" Martha offers George instead of pea soup!)
Sampling:
George doesnt want to eat Marthas pea soup, so he pours it in his shoes
George knocks out his favorite tooth. Which is your favorite tooth?
George gets tired of Martha looking at herself in the mirror all the time; she even wakes up in the middle of the nite to do it. So he pastes a silly picture of her on her mirror....
There are George and Martha stuffed animals out there, too.
Any relation to George and Martha Washington?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
George and Martha is as humorous as Pooh Bear getting stuck in a tree! First, Martha makes split pea soup for George, but George hates split pea soup, so he pours it in his shoes. Second, Martha catches him doing this. She tells him that she doesn't like split pea soup either. She just makes it because she thought George likes it! Third, Martha makes cookies, so everyone is happy! George and Martha is one of my favorite books... and I'm in sixth grade!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book and an all-time favorite of mine and my kids love it as well. It contains simple, sweet stories of two best friends. Each story has a message and the illustrations are adorable! I had no idea this book was still in print, and it is a great one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ohioan on September 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
The George and Martha books are simple, funny, warm, and instructive, all in the most casual way. James Marshall had a perfect way of relating a simple incident and making it delightful -- as in the tiny three-page story, "The Tub," which starts with the information that George (a hippo) is fond of peeking into windows, and that he peeks in on his friend Martha (also a hippo) one day as she's taking a bath. That's page two. On page three George learns a lesson and the story ends on a funny, positive note, with Martha turning a bathtub over onto George's head and telling him: "We are friends, but there IS such a thing as privacy!" My experience is that people of all ages, from four to ninety, love these stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pendane on August 31, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I needed to purchase a replacement copy of George and Martha, because my older copy is very loved and falling apart. This book, as well as the others in this series, are great for teaching friendship.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jep's Mom on August 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I loved this book as a child and was so excited to find it as a read along book. It is a great independent activity for homeschoolers.
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More About the Author

James Marshall (1942-1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including THE STUPIDS, MISS NELSON IS MISSING!, and the ever-popular GEORGE AND MARTHA books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious children's books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a master's degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his life's work as one of the finest creators of children's books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.

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