Parents' Guide to

Martha Speaks

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

First in talking dog series teaches a few manners.

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Though the basic premise here is rather unbelievable, the story is clever, Martha is lovable, and the emotions conveyed will feel all too real to most readers. How many times have most of us said something we wish we hadn't, or hurt someone's feelings without thinking when we blurted out the wrong word or two? Martha's story covers it all. It's not only the tale of a rather ordinary dog with amazing abilities, but more importantly one of learning the importance of saying the right thing at the right time, whether the speaker is canine or human. Kids who like talking animals will love this book, and they will relate to Martha as well as to the kids in the family. They will also enjoy the other Martha books and the PBS program based on Martha's adventures.

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