Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion (2006-01-24)

by Gene Zion

Hardcover, 2006



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HarperCollins Children's Books (2006)


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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LibraryThing member dylantanner
Harry Hates taking baths and so he buries his scrub brush and runs away. He has many filthy adventures and turns from a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots. when he gets home he can't do anything to get his family to recognize him, until he jumps in the bath. Now Harry loves
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Children's Picture Book

This book is a gem, I love it when he tries to convince his family it's him. He flip flops and he flop flips, he roles over and he plays dead. He danced and he sings. It's so funny.

This classic is great in the classroom, especially when I told my first graders it's the only way I ever learned to take a bath.
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LibraryThing member SqueakyChu
This book has passed the two-generation test. I used to read it to my three children when they were young. Now my three-year-old grandson is asking me to read it to him repeatedly.

This is a very cute story of a white dog with black spots who doesn't want to bathe so he turns into a black dog with
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white spots. You'll have to read this book to see how he gets so dirty and what he must do in order for his family to allow him to stay in his own home.
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LibraryThing member katieloucks
I always read this when I went to my grandma's.
LibraryThing member stormiejean
great for a higene unit.
LibraryThing member Heather19
Cute little story about a dog who hates baths, and how he finally realizes he needs a bath.
LibraryThing member hermand
The book was one of my absolute favorites as a kid, so it tickles me to no end that my three-year-old adores it as much as I did.
LibraryThing member mayalanda
The Harry books are great. FUNNY plots and simple ,but engaging writing style.
LibraryThing member skeeterbo
I liked it because my family liked it. I like dogs and stories about dogs.
LibraryThing member chron002
Harry was a white dog with black spots who liked everything, except getting a bath. Harry hates baths so much he even buried the scrubbing brush. Harry gets dirty playing in the streets and his family doesn't know who he is until he gets a bath at the end! I loved this book as a child and would
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recommend it to any 1st grader.
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LibraryThing member ericarhenry
I had to re-read this book because I remembered it from when I was very young. This is a cute book about a white dog with black spots who doesn't want a bath so he runs away. He gets into a coal shute and turns into a black dog with white spots. He makes it back home and allows his family to bathe
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him and falls sound asleep, happy to be home. I think this is a great story for really young kids. It's a fun story with great illustrations. It's also a good book for kids to read to kids. I remember reading it to my younger sister when I was learning to read. It's an old favorite that I definitely would include in my library.
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LibraryThing member dchaikin
Harry hates a bath so much he buries the bath brush and runs away from home. By the time he returns he is so dirty he has turned from a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots. His family doesn't recognize him until he actually convinced them to give him a bath.

This one holds a
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special place for me as a rare book that still exists in my childhood memories. It's a particularly nice memory because I related so strongly to Harry. I was a very dirty little child.

It was based on my own nostalgia that we bought it for my 2-yr-old son. He likes it, but what surprised me was my 4-yr-old daughter's reaction. She loves it, and tells me every time I pick it out, "Dad, I really like that one." I can't think of any other book she says that about.
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LibraryThing member kaitye24
This is for those crazy dog lovers. Great book for easy read picture books
LibraryThing member aedolbare13
Book Summary: This is a story about a dog that does not like to get baths. One day the dog, Harry, decides to bury the scrubbing brush and run away from home. While away he plays and becomes so dirty that he is then a black dog with white spots instead a white dog with black spots. Once Harry
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decides to return home his family does not recognize him. Therefore, he uses many techniques to try to help them realize who he is under all the dirt.

Content Summary: This books can be used to discuss many topics with children. It is great for showing children how humans and animals have the same needs. Also, it can be used to show children why running away from the fears, like Harry running away from a bath, is not the way they should handle things. Last, it can be used in reading to work on students' comprehension and vocabulary.
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LibraryThing member michelleknudsen
I think this is a perfect picture book. I remember loving the story when I was little, and I love it just as much now, if not more. There’s a clear initial problem: Harry likes everything, except getting a bath. So he buries the scrubbing brush and runs away and has a wonderful day getting dirty,
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but then when he goes back home (because of course he hasn’t really run away), his family doesn’t recognize him. And when all hope seems lost, he remembers the scrubbing brush and digs it up and runs into the house and jumps in the tub and begs for a bath. And so the thing he hates is the thing that saves him. And everyone is happy. And then the last page delivers a delicious last little kick, as Harry dreams of “how much fun it had been getting dirty” and he sleeps so soundly that he doesn’t even feel the scrubbing brush he has hidden under his pillow. His attempt to solve his initial problem has led to a greater problem which he finally solves by accepting the thing he was trying to avoid in the first place. And then comes full circle, hiding the brush again. It’s just so satisfying in every way.
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LibraryThing member dbhutch
This book is about a dog named Harry. In this book Harry didn't want a bath so he ran away, got into the dirt and all kinds of ways to get dirty and dirtier he played with other dogs getting dirtier and he slide down a coal a chute.....after awhile when he was hungry he went home , tried to let
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them know it was him , the family didn' t think it was him ... so after doing his tricks fo them ... he dig up the scrub brush he hid and ran upstairs and jumped into the bath tub and got his bath , went to sleep and was dreaming about getting dirty.
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LibraryThing member spytel
This is an absolutely great book. Part of the Harry the dog series that were written decades ago. The story is still charming as are the drawings. Kids will love it and keep asking you for a dog of their own afterward. Another books that has passed the test of time.
LibraryThing member ktextor
This book is a family oriented book about a dog named Harry and the adventures that he goes on when he is not at home. Harry becomes a very dirty dog and when his family tried to look for him they don't even know when harry comes home because a dog who was once white with black spots became a dog
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that was black with white spots!! He has to show the family who he is!! This is a cute book and there are other Harry the dog books to check out.
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LibraryThing member dangerlibearian
He is a white dog with black spots but becomes a black dog with white spots. Harry doesn't want to take a bath so he runs away.
LibraryThing member lmbenji
By far my favorite Harry the Dog book! Like most kids, they do not like to be bathed. I remember always laughing when Harry tries to convince his parents that it is him even though he went from a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots. I was sad that his parents did not
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recognize him. It always made me giggle!
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LibraryThing member quicksilvertears
The combination of text and illustration create a wonderful children's picture book. I love how Harry burries the scrubbing brush and runs away to avoid a bath. I appreciate this book as a former dog owner and trying to give the dog a bath. She would always hide. I can also relate to this book when
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I try to get my son in the tub.
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LibraryThing member andreablythe
My review: Harry is a white dog with black spots, who hates taking baths. So one day, he steals the bath brush and buries it in the yard and runs away from home. Along the way he gets very dirty.

I remember reading this book as a kid. I loved it then and I loved it now. It's a fun book of innocent
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mischief and great illustrations that clearly reveal how much fun Harry has getting dirty.

I'm going to have to buy No Roses for Harry for my niece, because I remember loving that one, too. It was another childhood favorite.

My niece's review: She doesn't speak yet, so it's hard to say for sure. Plus, she was a bit fussy tonight. But when I started reading it, she quieted down and played with the pages, smacking them and helping me turn them and then looking up at me when I was particularly dramatic.

Towards the end, she started to whine and cry, but as I said, she was tired and fussy, so I wouldn't take that as a criticism of the book. Actually, I think she rather liked it until her hunger and exhaustion got the best of her.
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LibraryThing member JoLynnsbooks
I can actually remember selecting this book from the library as a child. Harry the Dirty Dog is a carefree character, getting into all sorts of mischief, while still remaining lovable. This book will bring a smile to anyone's face. Highly recommended.
LibraryThing member fonsecaelib530A
Zion, G., & Graham, M. B. (1984). Harry, the dirty dog. New York: Harper Collins. (Original work published 1956).
Age: 2 to 4 years old
Harry is a clever dog that hates taking a bath. One day, when he hears the sound of the water running in the tub, he decides to hide the scrubbing brush. He buries
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it in the backyard and runs away from home. As the day goes by, Harry gets himself in many situations, all of them adding to a thick layer of dirt that turns the white dog with black spots into a black dog with white spots. It starts to get late; Harry gets hungry and tired, so he makes him way back home. His family, however, does not recognize him because he is so dirty. Harry digs the brush out the hole, runs upstairs to the bathroom, and presents the family with the brush. The kids give Harry a bath, and they finally recognize him! Harry goes to bed clean and Harry, dreaming of all the adventures of the day.
Many children will identify with Harry, the dirty dog. Bath time can be a struggle, and many children would prefer to run away from home than face a soapy bath. But Harry has to face the consequences of his actions, and he finally gives in to a much needed bath. The plot is easy to follow, and the language is very accessible to younger children. The illustrations, in black, white, orange, and green, are very stylized, with beady-eyed people and smiling dogs populating the big, buzzing city. Younger children will love to follow Harry as he gets dirtier and dirtier, and they will be even happier when Harry gets reunited with his family.
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LibraryThing member Marylee1973
My copy says 1956 but this looks like it! Funny story of a dog who likes to be dirty, my kids love the illustrations most-the seem charcoal dark, and remind me of cartoon, but they are certainly full pages to look at!
LibraryThing member Eclouse
A dog decides to have an adventure around the neighborhood instead of getting bathed. He gets very dirty playing around the city and when he comes home his family doesn't recognize him. He decides he wants a bath so they will know it is him. I love this book for students or anyone with a dog
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because it is written from the dog's point of view which is humorous. Plus it is an easy read for young students.
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6.82 x 0.62 inches


006084244X / 9780060842444

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