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Martha doesn't say sorry! Hardcover – May 1, 2009
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In her pink dress and headband, Martha looks the part of a ladylike otter child. And indeed, she is accomplished at giving hugs, sharing snacks, and making presents. But when she’s “not so nice,” she compounds the problem by stubbornly refusing to apologize. After a time-out proves insufficient, some parental tough love brings her around to a different point of view. Written with simplicity and a strong sense of narrative structure, the story conveys sympathy for Martha’s feelings while outwardly focusing on how she acts and what she wants. The sensitive colored-pencil drawings, tinted with watercolor washes, concentrate on the characters; with a minimum of props and no backgrounds, they spotlight the four members of Martha’s family and clearly express nuances of emotion with the mere tip of a snout or slant of an eyebrow. Both adults and children will enjoy the droll humor and good storytelling in this well-designed picture book. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan
The watercolor-and-colored-pencil artwork encapsulates Martha's girliness, her better-than-thou attitude and her internal struggle with her conscience. Whatley's representations of body language and facial expression powerfully complement the text. An enjoyable introduction to what could be a new beloved character KIRKUS --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I read Martha to my niece, and I can tell you it was a delight from beginning to end! The artwork is funny; and the tale of Martha the Otter is in a class by itself. Clever, endearing, and deceptively educational...Martha Doesn't Share is charming from cover to cover. This is sure to be a beloved memory for your child in the same way that your favorite childrens book was for you. Pick this one up, you WILL NOT regret it!