Martha does not want to share. She doesn't want to share with her mother, her father, and most certainly not with her little brither Edwin. "Mine" seems to be the only word she knows. So after one too many "mine" Mommy, Daddy, and Edwin all decide that enough is enough. If she really doesn't want to share any of her things, then so be it, they will find other things to do. But soon, Martha realizes that being all alone is not nearly as fun as she thought it would be. There is no one to play puppets or knock the ping-pong ball back her way. Her change of heart means that everyone can have more fun - including Martha!
Books for Children Ages: 2-5 years old
Related Discussion Topics: Sharing toys, being kind to others, finding ways to cooperate.
- Martha loves playing with sock puppets, but finds that it is much more fun when others play too. Make your own sock puppets to play with together. Use buttons, googly eyes, or just a marker for the eyes. Draw on the mouth too, or glue on string, pipe cleaners, or red construction paper. Try to provide lots of options, and allow your child to be creative, even if the results are a little non-conventional. Skills: Fine motor, creative play.
- Another game from the book that you can share with your children is dress up. If you have the space, create a dedicated space to put hats, gloves, and other items that they can use for dress-up. Otherwise, just be silly and let them borrow some of your clothes, tie on towels as capes, or roll up a piece of paper into a cone, tie onto your face, and use a blanket for wings to flap around like a bird. Skills: gross motor, creativity, observation.
- Practice taking turns and role-playing using your words (please, thank you, etc.). Making this a fun game by saying "imagine if" can help you prepare children for events such as eating out, riding in the car, meeting someone new, etc.
Children's Book Review Rating: 4 Stars - Beneficial Book