Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry by Samantha Berger

Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry (2009)
Written by Samantha Berger
Illustrated by Bruce Whatley

Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry is a cute short story about a little girl who, as the title says, wont say those two simple words “I’m sorry”. Martha isn’t always bad, in fact she does a lot of good things. But when she makes a mistake she just refuses to apologize for it. Suddenly Martha discovers that she wants things (like a cookie or a hug), and that her family doesn’t give things to people who don’t say they are sorry. Martha then begins to apologize whenever she does something that isn’t so nice.

This story is short and simple. It has a good message and delivers it without any excess. You never really learn much about any of the characters as the story simply presents them in a way that could make you think of anybody being in the role. It is definitely a cute story, and is an easy book to read aloud, however it is not one that is incredibly memorable or special. Children in the early childhood to beginner age range would like this book the best, and children in that age range will best relate with the character as well.

Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry has cute illustrations, with the characters portrayed as simple otter-like creatures. There isn’t any background or a lot of details, but it works because the simplicity of the illustrations match the simplicity of the story.

All in all this is a good book, despite the fact that I considered it to be of average quality. I don’t think this story is remarkable in any way, but it doesn’t have to be in order to be enjoyed. It is fun to read this story aloud to children and they will enjoy it, which is what truly counts.

Content- C
Illustrations- C
Readability- B

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