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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 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 |
This is a good and fun read for children. This book is about a dog who really hates bath time. One time when his family was trying to give he a bath he and hid his scrub brush and runs away. While he is on his adventure away from home he gets very dirty. He begans to miss house but when het gets back his family doesn't remember him because he is so dirty. For him to get his family to remember him he runs and gets the brush and begs for a bath. After his bath his family remembers him and they are excited to see him. This is a very great read for children. ( )
  a.newsom | Feb 3, 2017 |
a dog, Harry, gets very dirty while trying to avoid a bath, he hides the scrub brush and runs off to play, he gets so dirty his own family doesn't recognize him, until he begs for a bath the family doesn't realize its him till he is clean, it is a very sweet tale, but not a very good and clear message as harry hides the brush again at the end of the story. ( )
  frannymack13 | Feb 2, 2017 |
This book is light-hearted and a fun read. Kids can relate to Harry not wanting to take a bath! I enjoyed how the story took Harry on an adventure, but he soon realized home was where he wanted to be. I also enjoyed the realistic illustrations. The main idea is outward appearances aren't always what they seem! ( )
  mdinar2 | Sep 22, 2016 |
I liked this book for multiple reasons. The writing was very engaging, I feel like especially for younger readers. I'm sure many kids probably hate getting baths or can relate to not liking something that they have to do so they hide things or run away from their parents when they don't want to do something and so they can relate to this in some way. Also, many young readers like things about animals so the fact that it is about a dog, the young readers would probably find it funny.

I also liked this book because I feel as though the illustrations really enhance the story. For example, Harry went on many adventures throughout his time when he ran away from home and I feel like having the illustrations of showing how Harry got dirtier and how he completely changed from a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots made the story better.

The big idea in the book is that things may appear different on the outside. Harry was the same dog, just dirty, but since he looked different his family didn't believe that it was him. However, once they gave him a bath and noticed that he was actually a white dog with black spots, it really was him. ( )
  cboswe2 | Sep 22, 2016 |
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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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