George and Martha: One Fine Day by James Marshall
10 June 2012
James Marshall has written five short stories about George and Martha in George and Martha: One Fine Day.
- The Tightrope: Martha loves walking on her tightrope, but Martha loses her confidence when George becomes frightened.
- The Diary: Martha cannot seem to find a private moment to write in her diary. Will George learn to be polite and respectful of Martha’s wishes?
- The Icky Story: George decides that lunchtime is the perfect time to tell icky stories, so Martha comes up with a plan to prove to George how undesirable such stories are when one is eating.
- The Big Scare: When George scares the daylights out of Martha, she threatens to scare him, too, but when?
- The Amusement Park: After a day of fun, Martha gets her revenge and scares the daylights out of George.
Each of these amusing stories is accompanied by charming drawings. The pictures are simple but engaging. Marshall is able to put the weight of every emotion into the faces of each hippopotamus. You will always find George or Martha looking amused, innocent, annoyed, sly, or angry. George even turns completely green when Martha tells her icky story!
Through George and Martha, Marshall has written several unassuming moral lessons. Children learn the importance of minding their manners at the table and toward individual people, and they learn the value in encouraging their friends. George and Martha provide teachers and parents with the perfect opportunity to fulfill a teachable moment.
For another look at George Marshall’s work, read this article which places George and Martha as #48 on a list of Top 100 Picture Books!