George and Martha
"When Martha saw George's lovely new golden
tooth, she was very happy. "George!" she
exclaimed, "You look so handsome and distinguished
with your new tooth!"
And George was happy too. "That's what friends
are for," he said. "They always look on the bright
side and they always know how to cheer you up."
"But they also tell you the truth," said Martha
with a smile.
When I was a child I thought summer was the best time to have a best friend.
I can't think of better friends than James
Marshall's dynamic hippo duo, George & Martha.
When I was working as an art director I worked with James Marshall on several books, though not any of the George & Martha books.
REVIEWED BY B. G. HENNESSY
Like all best friends, George and Martha do everything together—go to the movies, play at the beach, and just hang around not doing much of anything. George and Martha teach each other that even in a close friendship, privacy is important, practical jokes can sometimes backfire, and among other things, pouring split pea soup into your loafers to spare the chef’s feelings is not the best-laid plan.
There are several books based on George and Martha and their wonderful friendship. They are available separate editions and as a compete collection.
Read more about James Marshall and how this book came to be on Anita Silvey's terrific site: Children's Book-a-Day-Almanac