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Martha doesn't say sorry! Hardcover – May 1, 2009

4.6 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 320 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316066826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316066822
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #706,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
What a fantastic book for children. The verse, illustrations and yes, even the subtle message, combine for a perfect read for my daughter. Martha has many relatable qualities and I love that she is a character that children can easily identify with. I predict that she will be a classic and I am looking forward to more from Martha!

I found Martha because we so enjoyed "It's Spring" by the same author - if you have not yet seen it, I would highly recommend it in addition to "Martha Doesn't Say Sorry".

Happy Reading!
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If you are into attachment parenting or empathic discipline - skip this book. It will make you angry and you'll feel sorry for poor Martha.

Martha acts like a normal, oh let's say, 4-year-old. In the beginning the book says she gives hugs and shares. That's because she understands those things. Then she dumps cookie dough on mom, paints dad, and makes loud noise while toddler brother sleeps. No one takes the time to explain how they feel when she does these things.

Then she wants to do things with her family. They *all* withhold their attention from her (ignore her) until she's forced to say a word she doesn't get! I'd argue the 4-year-old perceives love is being withheld until she says the word that everyone seems to think is great. OK. She said the word. Does she mean it? Does she even get it? Doubt it.
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Hooray for Martha! This book quickly became my daughter's favorite. She loves to mimic the smug expressions on the faces of this adorable otter family, especially her new heroine Martha. The best part is, the moral lesson of saying sorry is not lost on her, and I'm more than happy to reward her with piggy back rides just like Martha's father. Kudos to Berger and Whatley for putting together a funny tale with a great lesson we all could learn a little from.
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What a help. This book -storyline and pictures- help convey the basic concepts of an "I'm sorry" as a means to mend inconsiderate behavior and unkindness towards others. The real benefit underlying the message is that Martha is not portrayed as a one dimensional character summed up by her naughty behavior and resistence to apologize. The book mentions frequently with words and pictures there are many things Martha does well, but like everyone else, things she could do better. I find children, when faced with an infraction on their part, especially one that has wounded another person, resist apologies because they seem to interpret "I'm sorry" as agreement they have done something unacceptable; something hard for some egos to accept at any age. Martha learns that an apology is not personal condemnation but recognition that someone was infringed upon. Hopefully, as Martha gets older she learns the second, sometimes unspoken part of an apology reflected in the promise not to offend in the same way again.
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Christmas gift for my granddaughter last year. We read some other books by same author and each time we went to the library, my granddaughter would check this book out. I figure if we re-read a book a few times it is time to buy her her own copy. This book is about a girl who wanted to do everything her way and didn't say she was sorry when she hurt anyone else's feelings. It is a good book because it taught my granddaughter to think sometimes before she said or did something she shouldn't do.
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I bought this book because I loved the color of the cover. Drawn in beautiful pastels, with lovely illustrations, it's the story of a mole family featuring an imp called Martha. She likes to play, has a warm and loving relationship with her mother, father and brother, but is stubborn when it comes to saying sorry. What follows is a gentle lesson in coaxing an apology from a mulish youngster. When Martha realizes that nobody will play with her, she finally learns the benefit of proper manners. Love this mole! The book is not preachy, and the end is adorable.
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Martha is such a fun, spunky new character. The book presents children with a great message through Martha and the illustrations are beautiful. We can't wait to buy the next Martha book!
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my son just didn't respond well to this one. didn't like the little girl, didn't like her attitude, and it didn't seem to change his attitude about saying sorry much... but it might also be the set up- in the book, the girl does a bunch of thoughtless and hurtful things, and doesn't say sorry. in my son's case, he does things accidentally, but whether you step on someone's foot accidentally or not, you still have to learn to say sorry. in his case, if he does something on purpose that he knows is wrong, he'll apologize, but he doesn't like to apologize when it was just an accident. so I've gotta find a book that meets this target circumstance... advice?
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