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George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends Collector's Edition (George & Martha Early Reader (Library)) Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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What's remarkable about the stories in this wonderful collection is the emotion James Marshall infuses into his understated, charming text and illustrations. Each brief tale is always humorous, never preachy, and his drawings--deceptively simple in appearance--are guaranteed to spark feelings of empathy, delight, and self-recognition. Maurice Sendak, in his foreword to this 25th anniversary compilation edition of all 35 stories, notes, "Those dear, ditzy, down-to-earth hippos bring serious pleasure to everybody, not only to children. They are time-capsule hippos who will always remind us of a paradise in publishing and--both seriously and comically--of the true, durable meaning of friendship under the best and worst conditions." (Ages 4 and up) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Marshall...was a lion in children's publishing, and the humanity and humor of this lovely book will delight both children and adults."--The Buffalo News
"Young readers will enjoy having these hilarious and heartwarming stories about these two delightful characters in one easy-to-access place, while adults will value the commentary, which touches upon Marshall’s personality as well as his artistic genius."--SLJ Extra Helping
"[George and Martha] remain . . . two of the more elegant and finely detailed characters in children's literature . . . The new George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends will guarantee at least a month of delightful bedtimes. It will produce belly laughs to be treasured by the moms, dads and grandparents."--The Sunday Plain Dealer
"The stories are super short—indeed, that is part of their charm—and always leave readers and listeners wanting more. The best reviews come from the little experts who sit on laps and hear these stories for the first or 500th time. George and Martha are, quite simply, tons of fun."--BookPage
Wichita Eagle, Great Gift Recommendations 2008
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I'll take "George and Martha" over "The Book of Virtues" any day!
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Delightful series of children's stories about the ups and downs of the friendship between two outsized friends.Published 24 days ago by George Eliot
I have loved George and Martha as a teacher. Now my grandchildren love the stories.Published 1 month ago by emma2u
I am a school-based speech pathologist, and I LOVE this book. It is great because the stories are short, but have all the elements of a great story (characters, setting, problem,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by emily
Anyone know a child who might enjoy learning about relationships? This is the most simple, sweet, yet sophisticated book about getting along with others and it's not smarmy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Love of Learning
SUPER ADORABLE!!! These two hippos are extremely hilarious, fun, loving, and adorably cute and so are their friends. Read morePublished 4 months ago by materialgirl8707
My first grader son read some of the George and Martha books at school, and he loved them. I wanted to get some for him to read at home, but they are pretty old, so I couldn't... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Susan1980