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Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
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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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Rating:****
Tags:Classics, dogs

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

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This is a silly, fun read for young readers. Harry the dog hates his bathes, so he runs away in the hopes of avoiding bath time. When he gets homesick, he goes home but his family does not recognize him. He has become so dirty that he changed from a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots. The story has a feel-good ending with Harry sleeping soundly back at home after a bath. There is a small moral, (if you run away there is a chance you may not get to go back home) but overall I think the book's purpose is for entertainment. ( )
  rmwinter | May 5, 2017 |
I had mixed feelings about this book after reading it. I liked it because of the plot and the main character who is a mischievous dog. The dog's name is Harry and he doesn’t want to take a bath so he runs away. When he comes back he is black instead of white because of all the dirt on him so his owners don’t recognize him. The story ends with harry getting a bath and his owners eventually realize that it’s him. However this story lacks a moral, which makes it not as engaging as it could be. This book is only for entertainment. ( )
  Rwatts3 | Mar 24, 2017 |
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  SteppLibrary | Mar 21, 2017 |
This book has passed the two-generation test. I used to read it to my three children when they were young. Now my three-year-old grandson is asking me to read it to him repeatedly.

This is a very cute story of a white dog with black spots who doesn't want to bathe so he turns into a black dog with white spots. You'll have to read this book to see how he gets so dirty and what he must do in order for his family to allow him to stay in his own home. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Mar 4, 2017 |
This children's book is about a dog who refuses to take a bath and get's so dirty in the process. This is a great story for elementary age children. We see a story told through third person about a dog who hates bathes, but loves his family dearly. ( )
  MollyMcConaughey | Feb 12, 2017 |
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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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