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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 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 |
I thought this was a very cute book. Any student with a dog can relate to this story. I really like the language in this story. It is simple to read and understand. I also found it easy to use different tones when reading it. It is a fun book to read allowed. I also liked the plot. If your dog has ever wondered away, you wonder what they are doing and why they ran away. In this story, the student reads what Harry does while he is away from home. They also see that Harry comes home and has a happy ending, which would help any student who's dog has run away. The main idea in this story, I think, is be thankful for what you have. When Harry left home, he had fun for a short time but then became hungry and tired. He went home because he missed his family. ( )
  tbarne9 | Mar 11, 2015 |
In my opinion this is a very cute book. The language used is clear and descriptive. The plot is organized and swiftly paced. This keeps young children's attention and keeps them interested. The illustrations fit the story well and help children to understand feelings from the point of view of Harry the dog. I believe that the big message of this story is how important it is for children (and pets) to take baths. If not they will get so dirty that they will be unrecognizable to their own family! ( )
  rsochu1 | Feb 23, 2015 |
I enjoyed this book because it was fun and silly but had a warm and heartfelt ending.
The illustrations in the book contributed to the comprehension of the novel. For example, being able to see how the dog changed colors completely, helped me understand the book.
The characters were both believable and well-developed. For any children with pets, they will easily be able to relate to how the children felt when they couldn't find their dog.
The purpose of this book is to show children that they might not enjoy all of the rules in their home, but they are important and are there for a reason. ( )
  agaski3 | Feb 19, 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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