Harry the Dirty Dog

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Overview

Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything . . . except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away. He plays outside all day long, digging and sliding in everything from garden soil to pavement tar. By the time he returns home, Harry is so dirty he looks like a black dog with white spots. His family doesn't even recognize him!

When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty his ...

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Overview

Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything . . . except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away. He plays outside all day long, digging and sliding in everything from garden soil to pavement tar. By the time he returns home, Harry is so dirty he looks like a black dog with white spots. His family doesn't even recognize him!

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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Harry, a white dog with black spots, hates baths so much that when he hears his bathwater running he buries his scrub brush and runs away. Harry has a great time getting filthy in the dirt but soon is tired and hungry, He returns home, only to find his family doesn't recognize him, even after he performs all the tricks he knows. Finally, Harry tries a new trick-he begs for a bath, and once clean, is recognized at last.
New York Times
Harry is sure to be loved; especially by those pre-school children to whom dirt is an ever-delightful thing.
Publishers Weekly
Children's NOTES Good Reads, Reissued This summer, old and new favorites get a second run. Originally published in 1956, Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, illus. by Margaret Bloy Graham, chronicles the messy adventures of a runaway canine and his transformation "from a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots." Despite his showboating, his family doesn't recognize him until he's scrubbed clean. In this reissued edition, Graham has added splashes of color to some of her original pictures. ( June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
This special 50th Anniversary Edition of the first Harry book is sure to become a favorite with a whole new generation of children. Harry is a most lovable black and white dog who has a whole range of adventures when he leaves his happy home in order to avoid getting a bath. He romps with the men repairing the street, in the railroad yard, and plays tag with other dogs. Each episode results in him getting dirtier and dirtier so that when he does return home, his family thinks he is a stray dog. Now Harry faces the task of getting his owners to recognize him as their pet. After several unsuccessful attempts, Harry digs up the scrubbing brush and takes it upstairs to the tub. The soapy bath reveals Harry to the family and he once again becomes "a white dog with black spots." Graham's newly drawn illustrations are perfectly attuned to the story and add greatly to its enjoyment. Children will want to hear and/or read this delightful tale again and again. It is recommended for first purchase.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064430098
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
  • Edition number: 50
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 29,756
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 10.81 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene Zion and two-time Caldecott Honor winner Margaret Bloy Graham have collaborated on several favorite stories about Harry: Harry by the Sea, Harry the Dirty Dog, and No Roses for Harry.

Gene Zion and two-time Caldecott Honor winner Margaret Bloy Graham have collaborated on several favorite stories about Harry: Harry by the Sea, Harry the Dirty Dog, and No Roses for Harry.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

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    Yay for Harry!

    I remember this when I was in Kindergarten. I'm eleven now, and its still great! Some of the things you can do for the Nook 'Read & Play' is that you put spots on a page, pop bubbles, play 'tag' with Harry, and a few more.Also, you can press Harry, and he'll do some sort of animation.

    45 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    This is a good one!!

    The book is absolutely charming. My 3yr. old loves it. The voice reading the book is great, and the interaction for the child within the book makes it really fun. I wish they were all this great. Definitely worth the money. Keeps him entertained!

    22 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Awesome

    Read my moms copy of this from the 60's. Love that they are exposing kids to good old books

    16 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Children's Classic

    Harry the Dirty Dog brings back memories of a happy childhood reading. Who can resist loveable Harry? As a teacher and an avid children's book reader, this book is at the top of my list!

    16 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Good story, decent interactive features

    My daughters loved the Harry the Dirty Dog series so I was happy to see it offered as a read and play book for their Nooks.

    The story is exactly the same as the hard copy book. A few of the interactive features are cute, like when Harry digs in the dirt for his brush and when he slides down the coal shoot. Most, however, are dull.

    If you are looking for the interactive features, I would suggest the Sandra Boynton apps and the Laurie Berkner book. If you are looking for children's classic with a few cute features, though, I would recommend.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

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    Fabulous book for preschoolers

    Probably my very favorite book back in pre-school. Doesn't make adults want to stick their head into a blender either....
    Love it!

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Great Classic!

    I was read this book as a kid, and loved it! I'm thrilled to pass it on to my nephew! The illustrations are engaging, and there is great detail on every page to look at! Highly recommend this to your pre-school through first grade level child!

    11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Mind blowing ;) !

    I read the book with my sister she lloooved it she's 1 and i'm 8

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 1999

    A True Children's Classic!

    I read this book when I was a young boy, and I now read it to my son and daughter. My children enjoy this classic as much as I did as a child. I enjoy this book to this day. I will definitely read this to my grandchildren!

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Emotional

    This is very good for read aloud.. The story is very funny my son (5,5 years old) liked it a lot

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Love love love

    Cute,fun,and great for little kids.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2011

    Terrific

    Read it as a child, now I read it to my 2 yr old.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    So cute!!

    I love this story its SO cute!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Anonymous

    This book is great
    I think it is great for 4-5 year-olds
    Please give 5 stars
    Saves money

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Wonderful!

    One of my favorites from childhood. My granddaughter loves the interactive play. Some books have audio that can be difficult to hear, this one has clear, concise sound. A great addition to a child's library!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2007

    A metaphor for kids

    A dog isn't recognized after becoming so dirty since he hates baths. A good metaphor for a child who is bad since his mom and dad may not recognize him/her from his/her behavior. A very funny book that prooves a point to kids.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2013

    This was my favorite book when I was a little girl and now I rea

    This was my favorite book when I was a little girl and now I read it to my two little boys!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Wonderful!

    Love the hardcover. The Read & Play version is wonderful. It extends the cute personality of Harry!




    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    He he he

    Hate ths book 0 stars for this book

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Wonderful!

    Great story with awesome app like features, my nine year old secretly enjoys it :) well worth ut!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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