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Friday, January 10, 2014

Book Review: Martha

Posted By on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 11:24 AM

“Tell me a ‘getting hurt’ story.”

Ever since my daughter, Mira, now 6, was old enough to form sentences, she has made this request.

During boring car trips, or in dimly lit bedrooms as sleep begins to wash over them, both Mira and her younger brother, Theo, almost 4, love to hear real-life tales of bodily disaster.

Lucky — or not — for me, I have lots of material to work with. I had to get stitches four times as a kid, once when I dove into a too-shallow pool and sliced a chunk of skin off the bridge of my nose.

There is usually a fair amount of gore in my ‘getting hurt’ stories, but the doctor always comes to the rescue, the wounds always heal and the scars always fade. They are sad stories, but happy, too. 

When I spotted Martha on the shelves of my local library, I knew my kids would like it because it’s a variation on the tales of woe they’re accustomed to — an ‘animal getting hurt’ story. 

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Alison Novak

Alison Novak

Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.


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