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Thursday 18 April 2013

Review: Martha Doesn't Share

This is a must-have for parents of pre-schoolers and anyone wanting to teach little ones the concept of ‘sharing’.

Martha is an adorable creature with a rather long tail and snub nose that she uses to great effect. She might be a big sister but sharing isn’t in her vocabulary. Her latest word, in fact is ‘mine’. Bruce Whatley’s illustrations leave no doubt as to the tumble of reactions Martha’s new word creates and the huge learning curve toddlers travel before they understand there are good reasons for sharing.

Without preaching or admonishing toddlers about their naturally self-centred instincts, Martha Doesn’t Share shows the consequences of not sharing. Done with humour and irresistible illustrations, Martha will be pulled from the bookshelf again and again in the quest to teach little ones about letting others play with their toys.

There is suspense and a giggle or two hidden between the pages of Martha Doesn’t Share and powerful strategies for adults to try in their bid to help growing personalities try other words besides ‘mine’.

Title: Martha Doesn’t Share
Author: Samantha Berger
Illustrator: Bruce Whatley
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, $16.99 RRP
Publication Date: 2012
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9780316126359
For ages: 3 +
Type: Picture Book