Synopses & Reviews
Get ready to be blown away by this windy winter adventure with Curious George!and#160;Georgeand#8217;s friend Bill is great at delivering newspapers. Billand#160;just needs one more successful delivery day toand#160;make a perfect year!and#160;But a big snowstorm the next day makes it impossible for Bill to ride his bike. Can George help Bill come up with a new way to get all his papers delivered on time? This 24-page picture book, based on the Emmy Awardand#8211;winning Curious George PBS TV show, includes bonus activities about wind power and winter transportation to help reinforce concepts learned in the story.and#160;For more monkey fun, investigate www.curiousgeorge.com and discover all the latest on Curious George books, promotions, games, activities, and more!
Martha always seems to do the wrong thingand#160;around Grandma Lucille, like saying the wrong thing at the wrong time or treading on her favorite hat!and#160;To prove that she really is a considerate dog,and#160;Martha decides toand#160;find something extra special for Grandma's birthday. Butand#160;choosing the right giftand#160;for a human is a lot harder than it looks, especially when Martha's idea ofand#160;the perfect presentand#160;is a wormy apple or slab of bacon! In the end, Martha learns that thoughtfulness and perserverance count for far more than any gift could.
"Based on Susan Meddaughand#8217;s characters and a PBS teleplay by Peter K. Hirsch, this tale reveals the verbose pupand#8217;s thoughtful side. Her frustrated efforts to please Grandma Lucille result in a crumpled, chewed, drool-decorated hat, and helpful Martha decides to make up the loss with a nice gift for her birthday...Cartoon art includes paw prints marking off days on the calendar and Marthaand#8217;s personalized signature. Fans of the TV series and the original books will recognize favorite characters in a familiar setting. The book also includes a summary of past history: Marthaand#8217;s first efforts to speak."--School Library Journal
Helen andand#160;friendsand#160;decide to make homemade valentines for each other. But when everybodyand#8217;s art supplies begin disappearing, they start to suspect each other. Can Martha sniff out the culprit of the stolen supplies before their sweet holiday mood goes sour?** "The great thing about the show . . . is how seamlessly it weaves word usage into the story lines of each episode. . .and#160;. The words are defined, used in sentences and repeated, yet at no time does any of this feel like - ugh! - school." --San Francisco Chronicleand#160;** "The showand#160;. . . incorporates vocabulary lessons into the antics of Martha and her two-legged pals." --The Washington Postand#160;** "Martha's animation is colorful and perky, just like Martha and the family home she inhabits." --The Hollywood Reporterand#160;** "Martha's a pretty savvy girl with some pretty good lessons. . . . [she] is a smart, confident, happy dog whose home life illustrates how people should care for animals - another plus for the series." --The Orange County Registerand#160;** "[T]he real draw is how the series boosts vocabularies, exploring words that require more than a pictogram to explain." --Time Out Kidsand#160;** "Kids will quickly fall in love with the charming yellow canine at the heart of this series because she's fun-loving and excited to learn new things. . . . Martha Speaks does a good job of exposing kids to new vocabulary. . . . The show also makes an effort to weave in positive messages about qualities like self-confidence, friendship, and civic responsibility - all great lessons for young kids." --Common Sense Mediaand#160;** "There's plenty of good humor from the newly loquacious pooch . . . but the program is, at heart, a stealth vocabulary lesson." --Cookiemag.comand#160;** Plenty of parenting blog coverage:- "It is a cartoon about a dog that ate some alphabet soup and it went to her brain instead of her stomach and now she can talk. We even made a trip to the library last week and checked out Martha Speaks books. She will not be happy when I have to return those books.and#160;We have to read them to her about four times a day!"- "It is a new, sweet animated series on PBS . . . My little girls love it - and they can be a tough crowd to impress."- "[D]efinitely keeping this cool dog on our watch list." and#8212;mommafindings.com- "I love this show." and#8212;lovethydog.com
Martha and friends must save Skits after he slides onto thin ice during a snow-day hockey game.
Skits is terrified of hockey pucks, but why? Helen recounts the unforgettable snowday hockey game at the root of his fear. Back when Skits was just a pup, he was eager to participate in an outdoor hockey game. But when his enthusiasm got the better of him, he chased a puck straight past the goal line and onto thin ice! Itand#8217;s a good thing that good dog Martha was there to race to the rescue!
Includes a wintry crossword puzzle.
For Martha and the other dogs in town, Saturday-night fireworks are the worst part of summerand#8212;they are so scary to canines with their sensitive ears! Crabby Mrs. Demson couldnand#8217;t agree more. In fact, sheand#8217;s collecting signatures for a petition to ban fireworks, and Martha is happy to add her pawprint to the list. But when Helen and her friends are devastated about the fireworks ban, Martha realizes that she helped Mrs. Demson ruin their fun. Can Martha find a way to reverse the ban and still protect her doggy ears? With fun word activities that highlight the new vocabulary, including a complete-the-sentence activity. Now bilingual!
Alice and Helen plan to go camping to earn their Junior Gophers badges. When Ronald finds out, he warns them about Big Minnie, a mythical monster who lives in the woods. Undeterred, the campers set off. After all, everybody knows Big Minnies imaginary. Or is she? Includes a fun pretend camping trip activity. Now bilingual!
'Martha is suprised when her friend Truman wants to run away and invites her to come along. While Martha is always up for an adventure, she knows there\'s more to the story. She soon learns he\'s afraid of going to his softball game the next day because he can\'t catch the ball. If there\'s anything Martha is an expert at, it\'s playing catch! With the help of their human and doggy friends, Martha coaches Truman to catch the ball without fear. But will he be good enough for the big game? Includes a matching vocabulary game and fill-in-the-blank word activity. '
After being excluded from Helens family-tree school project because she isnt a human family member, Martha decides to get in touch with her own roots. What better way to do that than to live in the wild like her wolf ancestors? Martha succeeds in convincing the neighborhood dogs to join her pack, but getting them to stay is a different story. How can sleeping on the cold, hard ground and hunting squirrels compete with comfy armchairs and gourmet dog food dinners? If her dog pack deserts her, will Marthas best friend Helen welcome her back to the family? Includes fun vocabulary-building activities.
When Martha's family brings her home from the pound as a puppy, she barks and woofs like any other dog. But after Helen feeds her a bowl of alphabet soup, Martha begins to speak! As readers meet Martha and her family, they'll soon learn how fun and challenging living with a talking dog can be.
This book uses picture symbols within the text to help introduce lovable Martha and her fun-loving family and friends to beginning readers. Includes a cut-out flashcard game.
Curious George ventures out into the snow for the first timeand finds out how difficult it is for a little monkey to walk in deep snow!
With the help of friends, he learns all about skiing, sledding, and snowshoeingand puts his new knowledge to use when he rescues a farmers pig that had become stranded during the snowstorm!
Learning concepts:properties of snow
Itand#8217;s the pool party of the season! Every kid in town is going, especially with temperatures at an all-time high. But after Alice mistakes sun bronzer for sun block, Martha, Helen, and friends try to find a way for Alice to still go to the party and feel comfortable in her ownand#8212;very orange!and#8212;skin.
Includes a fun sun protection kit activity!
In this new 8x8 storybook based on the Emmy Awardand#8211;winning Curious George PBS TV show, George's friend Bill just needs one more day of perfect newpaper deliveries toand#160;make a perfect year!and#160;But a big snow storm has George and Bill trading in their bikes for a tobaggan. Can George help Bill deliver all his papers on time?
About the Author
Susan Meddaugh was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. She graduated from Wheaton College, where she studied French literature and fine arts. After working briefly with an advertising agency in New York, she moved to Boston and worked at a publishing company for ten years, first as a designer, then art editor, and finally as art director. While there, she did the illustrations for Good Stones (Houghton Mifflin) by Anne Epstein, and then decided to strike out on her own as a freelance illustrator and creator of children's books. Since that time, Susan has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including Martha Speaks, which was chosen as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book for 1992. In 1998 she was awarded the New England Book Award, given by the New England Booksellers Association to recognize a body of work. Her work also was acknowledged with a New York Times Best Illustrated Award. She lives in Sherborn, Massachusetts.