Synopses & Reviews
Martha takes center stage in these two funny tales about what it means to be in a play!
First, Helen must play Halleyand#8217;s Comet in her schooland#8217;s solar system playand#8212;but she has to learn to
use her gifts and overcome her stage fright! Then, everyoneand#8217;s favorite talking dog has to face the most dreaded role for a dogand#8212;a cat!and#8212;after being cast as the Cheshire Cat in a production of Alice in Wonderland.
Young thespians will find a glossary of vocabulary and activities to help them write and act in their own productions!
After begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want. The girls have no interest in learning to dance gracefully, but they have promised their parents they'd finish the course. Now they must figure out how to get out of the recital without breaking their promise. Full color.
Finally! After months of begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want . . . well, not exactly. Much to their surprise, it turns out ballet lessons do not cover karate chops and roundhouse kicks. The girls have no interest in learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire balletcourse! When it comes time for Ivy and Bean to participate in the ocean-themed class recital, the girls must figure out a way to get out of it without breaking their promises.
This full-color Martha Speaks chapter book includes two stories about show business!and#160;In one, Helen has to overcome her stage fright and let her talents shine. In the second, Martha learns a lot about acting when she has to play the role of someone entirely unlike herselfand#8212;a CAT!
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.