George and Martha
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the story lines are solid here, and the text is understated. The plump, lovable characters keep kids turning the pages. There are a few inappropriate scenes, such as George peeking in on Martha taking a bath, that are later courteously punished. The two hippos have found genuine friendship in each other and use that to better themselves as well their freind.
What's the story?
How big can a friendship be? Just imagine the friendship shared by two hippos! Five stories explore issues such as vanity, privacy, and honesty. Will Martha make fun of George's gold tooth? Will there be split-pea soup for lunch again? Lessons in behavior are included in these solid, simple stories.
Is it any good?
The two hippos teach lessons about friendship, respect, and courtesy, and the delightful stories lead kids to their own conclusions about the hippos' misbehavior. Bright color washes added to expressive line drawings gently convey the warmth between Martha and George.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about George and Martha's friendship. In what ways do they show respect for each other? In what ways do they draw the line so as to not let the other "get away with anything"?