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Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Harry the Dirty Dog (original 1956; edition 1976)

by Gene Zion, Margaret Bloy Graham (Illustrator)

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Title:Harry the Dirty Dog
Authors:Gene Zion
Other authors:Margaret Bloy Graham (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (1976), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 32 pages
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Tags:Classics, dogs

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Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion (Author) (1956)



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I like this book for several reasons. One reason I like this book is the writing. Most of the sentences were simple which would allow young readers to follow along easily. Another reason I like this book is the plot. The book is about a dog who ran away to avoid taking a bath. Many young readers would be able to understand this plot because they may have background knowledge about dogs before reading this story. ( )
  lbrink2 | May 4, 2015 |
This book is good for students to practice expression with. I think students would like it because many can relate to not wanting to take a bath and they can relate to wanting to fit in with their families. ( )
  Kate_Schulte078 | Apr 28, 2015 |
In my opinion this is a good book, it kept me entertained throughout the whole book. At one point I was really worried about Harry which lets you know that it must have been a good book. The reasons why I like this book were because, I believe the author did a great job writing the book it was well organized and it flowed really well the story was well structured. The plot was also well organized I believe that it wasn’t difficult to follow along the settings were appropriate for the story. The big message of this book was that harry the dog didn’t want to take a bath so he runs away and when he comes back they do not believe it is him because he is covered with mud. ( )
  pbusto1 | Apr 1, 2015 |
This book describes the day of a dog who didn't want a bath. He becomes so dirty running around town his family doesn't recognize him until he finally gets in the bath tub and they wash him. The book was an easy read and was short. The book only featured a white family and was not multicultural at all. All the people in the book were white and looked the same. I think there should be more diverse illustrations so that more readers can connect with the story. ( )
  pnieme1 | Mar 23, 2015 |
I liked this book because it was a simple and funny story, but can teach young readers an important lesson. Since this story is tailored to very young readers, the illustrations were a great contributing factor to the plot of the story. Young students can see that Harry is becoming so dirty from running around and refusing to take a bath that his own family does not recognize him when he comes home. Students who have pets can also relate to what it feels like when their dog goes missing. The purpose of this book is to let young children know that they may not always like to take baths or follow other rules at home, but they must listen because if they don't, conflict will arise.
  amanna2 | Mar 22, 2015 |
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Harry was a white dog with black spots who liked everything, except ... having a bath.
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"Harry was a white dog with black spots who liked everything, except getting a bath." Taking matters into his own paws, he buries his family's scrubbing brush in the backyard and runs away from home before they can wrangle him into the tub. Harry gets dirty playing in the street, dirtier at the railroad, and dirtier still playing tag with the other dogs. When sliding down the coal chute, he actually changes from a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots! Of course, by the time he gets home he is completely unrecognizable to his family--even when he does all his clever flip-flopping tricks. In a stroke of doggy genius, he unearths the bath brush, begs for a bath, and the rest is history. Youngsters will completely relate to the urge to rebel, the thrill of getting dirty, and, finally, the reassurance of family. Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham's Harry the Dirty Dog, first published in 1956 and now rereleased with splashes of color added by the artist herself, is one of those picture books that children never forget. (Ages 3 to 8) --Karin Snelson

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When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty his family doesn't recognize him as a black dog with white spots.

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