Martina & the Ogre Sample
A tale of compassion and courage for both young and old.
Thank you in advance for taking your time to help us make Sweet Little Martina and the Mean Old Ogre a meaningful, exciting and heartfelt story for children. My name is Frank Kinslow bestselling author and lecturer and writer of Sweet Little Martina and the Mean Old Ogre. My books and workshops have helped many thousands of adults overcome stress and negativity in their lives freeing them to lead productive and fun filled existence. Many people in my seminars expressed a desire to help their children in the same way they had overcome their problems. This fairytale is the beginning of that process and we greatly appreciate your contribution to this project.
Sweet Little Martina and the Mean Old Ogre is a simple story written in the style of the traditional fairytale. Through it we hope to prepare children to recognize and overcome the basic conflicts of life, like physical limitations, perseverance in the face of adversity, prejudice and standing up for one’s values and beliefs. Your feedback will be invaluable in helping us reach that goal.
Here is what we would like you to do:
1. Read Sweet Little Martina and the Mean Old Ogre to the child or children. (If the child is old enough then they may read the story for themselves.)
2. Ask the child(ren) and note their answers:
a. How did the story make you feel?
b. What was your favorite part of the story?
c. Was there a part of the story that you didn’t like?
d. What did you learn from hearing/reading the story?
3. Have the children draw or paint pictures of their favorite character or part of the story.
Please tell us:
1. What were the ages of the children?
2. How did they respond to the reading of Sweet Little Martina and the Mean Old Ogre?
a. Did they understand the story line?
b. Which character(s) did they identify with?
c. Did they see how the characters changed to meet their challenges?
3. What value do you feel the story has for children?
4. What would you do to improve this story for your children’s age group?
5. What style of illustration would you recommend?
Please email your feedback to
(Put in Subject box: STORY COMMENTS)
Thanks again for your help.
Dr. Frank Kinslow