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Friday 14 June 2013

Review: Martha Doesn't Say Sorry

Once again, the adorable creature with the long tail and snub nose that is Martha dances across the page to entertain and teach a life lesson.

We all have days when we just don’t want to co-operate. Some of us have days when we lash out. On purpose. Especially when we are small. It’s part of growing up to learn behavioural limits but Martha isn’t interested.

There are many things that Martha does, but apologising isn’t one of them. Gorgeous pastel cartoon caricatures epitomise Martha’s mischief and the reactions of others when she goes too far.

Instead of telling her off or enforcing time-out, Martha’s parents choose a wiser way, allowing Martha time to think things through and choose her own consequences. With uncluttered illustrations, the message is clear without the need to directly preach or teach.

Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry is an essential companion for parents of pre-schoolers and carers of children with special needs, particularly those who don’t easily understand behaviour limitations and the need for apologising.

Title: Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry
Author: Samantha Berger
Illustrator: Bruce Wahtley
Publisher: Little Brown and Company, $16.99 RRP
Publication Date: 2009
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9780316066822
For ages: 4 +
Type: Picture Book