George and Martha
by James Marshall
George and Martha’s experiences teach them how to be even better friends. In the first story, Martha is very fond of making split pea soup. “Sometimes she made it all day long. Pots and pots of split pea soup.” Even James Marshall’s illustrations use a generous amount of green in a split pea hue. The trouble is, George doesn’t much like eating Martha’s split pea soup. So he subtly tries to pour the soup into his shoes. Martha, however, discovers him in the act. “Why didn’t you tell me that you hate my split pea soup?” she says. “I didn’t want to hurt your feelings,” George replies. Together they learn the importance of telling each other the truth. (It turns out Martha doesn’t much like the taste of split pea soup either; she just likes to make it.) And when George’s attempt to fly goes awry, Martha tells him that she “would rather have you down here with me.” If your youngsters like these stories, you will want to get George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends Collector's Edition.