Clifford's Happy Easter (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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After dying Easter eggs, Clifford's owner has a very colorful dream.

After dying Easter eggs, Clifford's owner has a very colorful dream.

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Overview

After dying Easter eggs, Clifford's owner has a very colorful dream.

After dying Easter eggs, Clifford's owner has a very colorful dream.

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  • Norman Bridwell
    Norman Bridwell  

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785724452
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Series: Clifford, the Big Red Dog Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Norman Bridwell
Norman Bridwell
With the creation of Clifford, everyone's favorite oversized red dog, Norman Bridwell, a former commercial artist, established himself as one of the most popular American children's book authors. Forty years later, Clifford remains a perennial favorite among young readers.

Biography

Growing up in Kokomo, Indiana, Norman Bridwell was always drawing. "I was not good at sports and my high school shop teacher, after a few days of class, took my tools away, telling me 'Here's a pad of paper instead. You seem to like to draw: stick to that,'" Bridwell remembers. But not everyone believed his drawings or writing would someday delight millions of children (and parents and teachers) around the world, a point he likes to stress when he visits schools, something which he does frequently. "I always liked to draw," Bridwell tells children, "but I was never considered very good. In school there was always someone better than me; the art teacher always liked their work better than mine. Teachers didn't like my writing either."

After high school, Bridwell wanted to turn his love of drawing into a career. He studied first at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis and then moved to New York, where he took classes at another art school, Cooper Union, for two years. He then went to work as a commercial artist. It was in 1962 while he was working as a freelance filmstrip and slide illustrator and drawing mostly cartoons that Bridwell decided to put together a portfolio of colorful drawings and make the rounds of children's book publishers. Now married, with an infant daughter -- Emily -- he was hoping to supplement his income with some extra work illustrating books.

Bridwell visited about fifteen publishing houses but there were no assignments to be had, and even worse, seemingly little hope for any in the future. One editor at Harper & Row went so far as to tell Bridwell that his art by itself was just not good enough, and she didn't think anybody would ask him to illustrate a book for them. But amazingly enough, she also made the suggestion that helped bring him the phenomenal success he enjoys today. She advised him to write a story to go along with one of his pictures. She picked out his sketch of a baby girl and a horse-sized bloodhound and casually said, "There might be a story in this," Bridwell remembers.

He wasted no time in taking her advice, but he did decide to make the bloodhound even bigger and more of an "all-around" dog -- much like the dog he had wanted as a little boy, one that he could ride and who would be a fun companion. Bridwell remembers speaking to the editor on a Friday, and "By Monday, I had done this little book about a girl and her dog," he says.

Now all he needed were names for his characters. "I wanted to call the dog 'Tiny,' but Norma (his wife) said that was boring and suggested 'Clifford' after an imaginary friend from her childhood," Bridwell says. The little girl's name, however, was easy. Bridwell named her Emily Elizabeth, after his young daughter. He dropped off his drawings and manuscript at Scholastic and tried not to expect anything. Three weeks later the phone rang. Scholastic wanted to publish Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Despite his (and Clifford's) success, Bridwell, like anyone who does anything creative, still can't always predict how others will respond to his work. In just a few hours on the night before he was to meet with his editor about a Clifford book that he had worked on for many weeks, Bridwell drew some sketches and put together the text for what would become one of his most popular books, The Witch Next Door. Bridwell thought he was just bringing along something extra, but The Witch Next Door, about a kindly witch and her friendship with her two young neighbors, was accepted for publication while the Clifford book was rejected. "That's the way it goes," Bridwell says, calling The Witch Next Door a "happy accident."

But what he has obviously learned and what he tries to stress to young writers is that rejection is not a reason to give up. "Sometimes you'll do something that you really like and no one else does. You'll feel terrible, but you've just got to press on and keep trying. If you like doing it and keep working at it, then someday you will succeed."

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    1. Hometown:
      Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 15, 1928
    2. Place of Birth:
      Kokomo, Indiana
    1. Education:
      John Herron Art Institute, 1945-49; Cooper Union Art School, 1952-53
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Printed wrong........

    The title on the cover is ptrinted on a slant...clearly not right since the last letters are off the top of the page plus the other Clifford books ahve the Titles printed as they shold be---straight. [...]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Excellant book

    read the story to my granddaughter so she would undestand the easer egg hunt, she really enjoyed reading about the dog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    6 year old loves it!

    Great to read with the grandkids. Timeless, I read Clifford books to their father when he was their age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A Great Book!!

    Great illustrations and story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2007

    Clifford is cool!

    Clifford's Happy Easter . The book is about Clifford and Emily Elizabeth. At the Easter egg hunt Clifford has a problem. He had dye on him. My favorite part was when they had an Easter egg hunt. I would recommend this book to my cousin. This book is cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2001

    Colorful Capers with Clifford and Friends

    'Hi! I'm Emily Elizabeth, and I love spring. So does my dog Clifford. The best part of springtime is Easter.' Emily Elizabeth's Easter preparations with Clifford also evoke many other holidays around this time of the year, including St. Patrick's Day in March and Flag Day in June. This humorous book centers around preparations for an Easter egg hunt. Emily Elizabeth's Mom and Dad provide an enormous quantity of eggs. Emily Elizabeth and Clifford begin to color them. But Clifford, being a VERY BIG RED DOG, has a few problems. He crushes more eggs than he is able to decorate. He falls into the vat of dye for the eggs. Before he's done, you even see a tie-dyed Clifford! But Clifford's size comes in handy when he helps the children hunt for the eggs. He can see and reach all kinds and places that the children would otherwise miss. When the eggs are all found, Emily Elizabeth and Clifford share the eggs with their friends. 'After all, friends are what make Easter a happy day.' This book has many attractions for youngsters. First, it provides lots of simple sentences that make for a good beginning reader. The sentences are echoed in the illustrations to provide clues for your child that will help her or him decode the words. Second, the story encourages warm feelings towards family, animals, and friends. Children need to develop their 'emotional intelligence' in all directions, and many books forget to nurture this part of the budding reader. Third, the book takes a friendly look at differences. Sure, if you are different, that will present some problems . . . but it will also provide some opportunities. Children are very sensitive about differences, and this book should help reduce the anxiety. Fourth, the story is very funny in many places. Humor is a great way to attract children to valuable lessons, and this book is outstanding in making the subjects more fun. Fifth, the book goes off into several imaginative tracks that will encourage your child to use his or her imagination. What does happen when different combinations of colors get mixed together? I suggest that you use this book to encourage your child to plan out some Easter egg activities. You can duplicate or build on what is in the book. Don't forget to try some color experiments with the eggs! By the way, having been the Easter egg hider for three decades, I suggest you make a little map of where they all are. That can save some smelly leftovers in the future. May your family's Easter be filled with the spirit of the true meaning of that holiday! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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