Saturday, October 2, 2010

Martha in the Middle

Martha in the Middle
By Jan Fearnley
Candlewick Press, 2008. Unpaged. Picture book.

Martha is having a hard time being the middle child. She never feels she receives the same amount of attention as either her older sister or younger brother--she just feels ignored. Martha decides to run away, but luckily, a wise frog tells her about all the wonderful things that are "in the middle," such as the center of a flower, the fruit of a melon, and other great things. The middle is actually something special, as Martha comes to realize.

What a wonderful story for any child who feels a little lost between their older and younger siblings! This book has such a sweet, simple message that we all have an important part to play, no matter our situation. Cuddly, friendly illustrations will charm small ones and compliment the story beautifully.

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