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****George and Martha

The Complete Stories of Two Good Friends

written and illustrated by James Marshall

Reviewed January 31, 2002.
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1995.  340 pages.

This book is a collection of the seven different “George and Martha” picture books.  Each one has five stories.  George and Martha are two large hippos who are wonderful friends.  The language and pictures are simple.  The humor is understated and absolutely delightful.

Although it would be nicer to own all seven small books instead of this big fat one, it’s worth it to have all the stories.  They do not abridge any of the books, so the only disadvantage to the big book is that it’s heavy.  These books are absolutely perfect for the beginning reader who is ready for short chapter books.  The visual, subtle humor makes them feel very clever.  Timmy and I have spent more than one delightful evening together reading through the whole book.  (Sometimes we take turns reading pages.)  Absolutely perfect for a first to third grade audience.  Okay, I love it, too.

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