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Harry The Dirty Dog

Harry The Dirty Dog

Written by Gene Zion

Narrated by Bruce Johnson


Harry The Dirty Dog

Written by Gene Zion

Narrated by Bruce Johnson

ratings:
4.5/5 (108 ratings)
Length:
7 minutes
Released:
Jan 1, 1997
ISBN:
9780545748933
Format:
Audiobook

Description

In this charming classic story, Harry runs away before bath time and plays outside until he changes into a black dog with white spots. Back home again, he must use all his wits and tricks to convince his family who he really is.

Released:
Jan 1, 1997
ISBN:
9780545748933
Format:
Audiobook

About 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.



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What people think about Harry The Dirty Dog

4.5
108 ratings / 56 Reviews
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  • (5/5)
    Children's delight
  • (4/5)
    I liked this book because it was fun and light hearted with a subtle message. The story is lighthearted in nature with Harry simply attempting to avoid bath time which leads into a fun day of mischief. The reader is able to join in on the fun with Harry through the illustrations of Graham. The bigger message of "Harry the Dirty Dog" is putting off your obligations, chores, etc., may be fun in the moment, but that procrastination just leads to bigger problems.
  • (4/5)
    The main message in Harry the Dirty Dog is that sometimes we may have to do things we may not want to do. Harry did not want to take a bath, but then he got so dirty, his family did not recognize him. In my opinion, this is a good book. I liked the book for many reasons. First, I enjoyed the plot of the story. Harry was an ordinary dog who did not want a bath. I think this is a situation that children can relate to at home. The illustrations also enhanced the story. For example, when Harry was trying to convince his family that the strange black dog was really him covered in dirt, the illustrations showed the tricks he was doing.
  • (5/5)
    The series about Harry the dog were books that I very much enjoyed as a child and still enjoy to this day. The author uses simple diction in order for young children to be able to read and comprehend the story. For example, "Then he ran away from home. He played where they were fixing the street and got very dirty." Short sentences such as these two are throughout the book making it easy for children to understand. The plot of the story also teaches the children a lesson in a sense. Harry doesn't want to take a bath so he hides his scrub brush and thinks that it will be better to run away from home. He soon regrets this decision because he misses the family and the house. This teaches children that just because they may not want to do something, sometimes they realize that going against the rules isn't as great as they thought it would be.
  • (4/5)
    This is the story of Harry, the dog who does not like baths. One day he runs away and has a ton of fun getting VERY dirty, so dirty that he changes from a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots. His family does not recognize him when he returns home, even after he does some familiar tricks. Finally, Harry decides to take a bath so he can return home. This was a fun, playful story which I enjoyed reading. I could use this book as a mentor text for teaching superlatives. Harry gets dirty, dirtier, dirtier still and dirtiest before returning home.
  • (4/5)
    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.