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Martha the Blue Sheep Paperback – May 5, 2017
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About the Author
Gabrielle Yetter is a British author and freelance writer who moved to Phnom Penh in 2010 with her husband, Skip, where she volunteered and wrote two books – The Sweet Tastes of Cambodia, about traditional Cambodian desserts, and The Definitive Guide to Moving to Southeast Asia: Cambodia. She co-authored Just Go! Leave the Treadmill for a World of Adventure, with Skip, and her first childrens' book, Ogden The Fish Who Couldn't Swim Straight was published in 2016. Gabrielle grew up in Bahrain and lived in South Africa where she worked as a journalist. After moving to the U.S.,she owned a dining guide in San Diego and worked for a global newswire service in San Francisco, Boston and London. She presently house-sits around the world and her writing portfolio can be seen at http://www.GabrielleYetter.com
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Top customer reviews
Martha is a sheep but thanks to a little accident, she's now blue. This is a catastrophe! All of the other sheep stare at her, laugh at her, and make it clear that she'll never fit in with the rest of the flock again.
Martha is one cute sheep, and her predicament is one that even young listeners will have no trouble sympathizing with. Although Martha's carelessness will make kids smile, they'll have no trouble understanding the trouble it causes her and cheer for her when things finally turn around. The text flows smoothly with a vocabulary fitting for young readers. And every page pulls in, leaving the listener/reader wanting to know what will happen next. The end holds a lovely message kids can never hear enough of and leaves a nice feeling of warmth and security.
The most lovely aspect about Martha is her beautiful shade of blue. She is a shiny point in each and every bright illustration, and immediately draws attention on every page. Kids will enjoy flipping through time and again as they follow her adventure because even without the text, the pictures form the fun story all on their own. This makes for a perfect 'read' for younger listeners, who want to explore the tale even when someone isn't there to read it aloud.
I received a complimentary copy from the author and found this sheep so sweet that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts and opinions.
My Rating: I really enjoyed the unique take this book took on a common story idea. Martha's story is one that could possibly help a lot of kids become more comfortable with changes in their lives and bodies. I give it a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag!
This is a great way to teach children these important lessons and to engage them through colourful pictures! This book is definitely worth the read and is important not only for children but also has a message that as adults, we can take away and apply.
As Martha feels isolated and discriminated for the way she looks, her blue color becomes a way for her to save a life. Once Martha sees that being blue is not so bad, things begin to look up for her.
The illustrations are fantastic and the message within the book is beautiful. We live in a society that you either conform or you are individually ridiculed. Books like this bring hope that the next generation may take these messages and learn to accept people as they are, embrace diversity, tolerance and to be kind to one another.
Personally, I would have liked to have seen Martha have a few more adventures, but the length of this story is perfectly suited for the attention spans of young kids. The book's positive message is clear, and will help spur constructive conversations between children and parents.
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review