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George and Martha Paperback – September 11, 1974
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|George and Martha||Jorge y Marta||George and Martha Book & CD||George and Martha Back in Town||George and Martha Encore|
|Read More Stories About George and Martha!||Two lovable hippos impart lessons on the meaning of friendship in five short stories by the picture book master James Marshall.||George and Martha will entertain readers of all ages in these funny, warm, and wonderful stories. The two lovable hippos teach the meaning of friendship in five separate vignettes in Spanish.||Two lovable hippos teach the meaning of friendship in five separate vignettes with a read-along CD.||Five additional stories about the friendship between two hippos: "The Box," "The High Board," "The Trick," "The Job," "The Book."||More stories about the two great chums: "The Dance Recital," "The French Lesson," "The Disguise," "The Beach," "The Garden."|
|George and Martha One Fine Day||George and Martha Rise and Shine||George and Martha Round and Round||George and Martha Tons of Fun|
|Five new episodes in the friendship of two hippos: "The Tight Rope," "The Diary," "The Icky Story," "The Big Scare," "The Amusement Park."||In five brief episodes, two hippos confirm their friendship: “The Fibber,” “The Experiment,” “The Picnic,” “The Scary Movie!,” and “The Secret Club.”||Five vignettes continue the adventures of George and Martha, the two lovable hippos and their strong friendship.||Another quintet of stories about the pleasures and problems of a great friendship: "The Sweet Tooth," "The Misunderstanding," "The Hypnotist," "The Special Gift," and "The Photograph."|
|George and Martha: One More Time Early Reader||George and Martha: Rise and Shine Early Reader|
|Great friends aren't hard to find—they're right here! We are delighted to provide an offering of James Marshall's George and Martha in the early reader format. This book contains the classic “The Scary Movie!” and “The Secret Club” stories.||Great friends aren't hard to find—they're right here! We are delighted to provide an offering of James Marshall's George and Martha in the early reader format. This book contains the classic "The Fibber," "The Experiment," and "The Picnic" stories.|
About the Author
- ASIN : 0395199727
- Publisher : HMH Books for Young Readers; First Printing edition (September 11, 1974)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 48 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780395199725
- ISBN-13 : 978-0395199725
- Reading age : 4 - 7 years
- Lexile measure : 500L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.14 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Just one of those classics that hasn't aged too well, IMO.
*It is a BOOK/CD set
*It only says it's narrated by Jeff Loeb, but there is also a female voice reading the part of Martha
*There are only 5 stories, and they are all VERY short!
I just finished reading all the negative reviews on here, for this book/CD set. I can understand how those reviewers thought this book was "inappropriate"and/or "boring".
I grew up in the 80s, when material like this was considered acceptable by mainstream standards. My first-grade teacher read this book to my class and I always remember thinking it was HILARIOUS when George poured the soup into his loafer!!! The notion still 'tickles' me, to this day. :-D
Unfortunately, I think the small amount of text, per story, doesn't offer enough room to fully explain 'the morals' in greater depth. I think the morals are fine, but you probably need to ad-lib a bit for kiddos nowadays.
For example, I read that a lot of reviewers thought George was being a "peeping Tom" in the story about the bath. I think this is supposed to appeal to a young, 'curious' audience. I realize that George the Hippo is written as an adult, but the idea applies to young children who are curious about things like nudity and the excretion of human waste, etc. I believe the story is trying to teach young kids that people generally like their privacy about such matters, and that -eventually- it won't be appropriate anymore for a child to peep on others in their private moments. I get the feeling that being a "peeping Tom" (or a 'nosy Nelly') is wrong, from this story, so it's probably helping to sway kids from staying those things as they get older! haha
*Also, it teaches children that friends don't have to know EVERYTHING about one another, in order to be friends. ...Well, that's what I get from it anyway. ;-)
I recently discovered that they made a George & Martha cartoon series, back in 1999 (voiced by Nathan Lane & Andrea Martin). I went on YouTube, looking for a video of someone reading a George & Martha book, because I had just finished telling my kids about it, and I wanted them to see what I was talking about... But we ended up finding the cartoon first, so we took a chance and watched it. It's GREAT!!! It's fairly mellow (which I prefer for younger viewing eyes), but it's funny and entertaining!
They've animated ALL the old G&M stories, and my point of writing all this out is that they've flushed out the stories a bit more, and I think they do a great job of better getting their point across (as far as the 'morals' go), compared to the book stories.
If you like G&M, you'll probably love the cartoons! They have tons of them for free on YT!!! ;-)
I like other George and Martha stories, but the ones in this collection were just consistently sending messages that did not sit well with us. This was returned.
Examples are things like:
George watches Martha taking a bath (they end it with her telling him not to...but because they’re friends, not just a blanket “never do it”
Martha gets shamed for liking to look at herself in the mirror. George ‘fixes’ her by making her feel badly about herself.