today’s children storybook summary is
How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans
by David LaRochelle
Illustration by Mark Fearing
Storyline: Tuesdays, Martha’s family used to have green beans for dinner. Martha, a girl about 5 years or older, didn’t like green beans and never ate them in spite the fact of being left alone at the table. She did not believe that green beans are good for you, as her mother said, or that they make you strong, as her father put it. She thought that green beans were bad. And as to prove her right, a band of green beans descended into town and did all kinds of bad things to its inhabitants. More, they took Martha’s parents hostages and let a note on the wall for her to read. At first, Martha was happy. Now she could eat as many cookies as she wanted, go to sleep when she feels like, play as she liked and watched TV late at night. But then, she started to miss her mom and dad. So, in the morning, following a trail of leaves, she went out to save her parents. She found them tided up, surrounded by hundreds of green beans. She asked them to release her parents or she would eat them up. But the green beans just laughed on her face. But Martha was braver then one may think, even if she absolutely hates the green beans. She pinched her nose and ate them all. Then she untied her parents and they went home, promising Martha never to have green beans for dinner again.
Characters: Martha, green beans, mom, dad, dog
Illustration: Mark Fearing is the illustrator of this book. Every page has one big illustration, with clear drawings of the main character, Martha. The main attraction is, perhaps, the color palette, so vivid and lovely. Also, the artist manages to tell follow up the story so well that even if there were no words, one can still see what’s going on just from the illustration.