- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (September 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780316073677
- ISBN-13: 978-0316073677
- ASIN: 0316073679
- Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,254,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Martha doesn't share! Hardcover – September 7, 2010
From School Library Journal
PreS–After learning how to apologize in Martha Doesn't Say Sorry (Little, Brown, 2009), the stubborn little otter returns to master a new lesson. She overuses “mine,” her new favorite word, until she is left performing magic tricks without an audience, putting on puppet shows with only one puppet, and playing Ping-Pong without a partner. Through the gentle encouragement of her parents, Martha realizes that she can have more fun if she shares. The watercolor and colored-pencil drawings, with few props and no backgrounds, focus on each character's body language and facial expressions. Through her scowl, up-turned snout, and raised eyebrows, Martha's feelings should be readily evident to youngsters. The simple story line offers nothing new, but fans of other girly animal characters like Kevin Henkes's Lilly, Ian Falconer's Olivia, and Russell and Lillian Hobans' Frances will gravitate toward the lavender cover and feminine accent font.Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL
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About the Author
Samantha Berger will happily share her puppets and lava lamp, but she she loves sharing her children's books most of all. She is the author of Martha Doesn't Say Sorry, Martha Doesn't Share, and Crankenstein. She now lives in New York where Samantha and her dog Polly Pocket share a home, love for the Golden Girls, and pancakes every Sunday.
Top Customer Reviews
When baby brother Edwin asks to play with her toys, she quite emphatically tells him, they are hers and hers alone. Mom and Dad Otter urge Martha to take turns, but Martha stubbornly reminds everyone that the toys belong to her and she goes off to play by herself. While performing magic tricks is fun, it's not as enjoyable without an audience. She realizes the "it's hard to ping when you don't have someone to pong." Martha discovers that her toys by themselves cannot bring her the fun and enjoyment she expects. Martha learns that by sharing, she is guaranteed a playmate and finds an amusing solution to her problem. Loved the ending. It reminded me of a similar outcome when my own baby brother and I learned to share.
Cute illustrations, warm colors and an enjoyable read all the way around.
And that word is MINE!
She says it about her pancakes.
She says it about her scooter.
She says it about her dollhouse.
She says it about her blanket, too.
In the Samantha Berger's first book, Martha learned about how it was important to say she was 'Sorry'. Now with that out of the way Martha is free to figure out this whole 'sharing' thing. You see, Martha has a little brother, Edwin, and she absolutely does not want to share with him. Not her toys, her blanket, the family lava lamp or even a potted plant. No, with her it's mine, mine, MINE!
The family resolves this problem--*spoiler here* -- in a gentle fashion by leaving Martha with all of these things she covets so much. And guess what? As all we big folk know, it's not so fun to be all by yourself with only things. No,, it's a heap more fun to have someone to play with, and playing with someone does mean sharing.
My hub and I love the gentle approach that Samantha promotes to resolve this problem. There's no shouting or lecturing, Martha just gets exposed to the 'natural' consequences of her actions.
The kids and I love Bruce Whatley's drawings. Martha and her family are so expressive and huggable, and baby Edwin is an adorable toddler with his wee binkie.
This is a pretty book in my favorite shade of lavender. The jacket has the big picture of Martha, but the actual cover has a smaller silhouette of 'our girl' with her nose in the air.
Good Read-aloud. Good story that kids can relate to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 4.5 year old and 2.5 year old both really enjoy this book...Very cute, and maybe it actually helps encourage them too share?Published on August 13, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This book is just awesome! It helps children understand the importance of sharing.
Easy and enjoyable reading.
My daughter loves it!
4 yr old granddaughter loves this one and Martha does not say sorry as well. She reads along with it and keeps saying mine. Too cute.Published on December 27, 2013 by Michelle
The story is great. There was just a printing error or something. One of the pages has part of a word cut off. It is not enough for me to return it. We love the Martha books.Published on January 7, 2013 by Melissa S. Biggs
Great book, now my daughter would share her stuff, she reads the book as seeing herself as someone like Martha who doesn't share any stuff.Published on August 13, 2012 by JN
Purchased this book for my 3-1/2 year old granddaughter after reading Martha Doesn't Say Sorry. She loves the Martha books. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by Marynkc
Another favorite book this week has been Martha Doesn't Share by Samantha Berger. I wasn't sure how 4 yo daughter would respond to this book since she has many issues with... Read morePublished on January 10, 2011 by A. Whipple