Friday, April 10, 2009

Harry the Dirty Dog

I have always enjoyed good illustrations in children's books. My favourites are those that embody a mix of innocence , curiosity and wackiness. A classic written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham all the way back in 1956 is Harry the Dirty Dog. My daughter Chloe loves the story and most of all its pictures. I love it for its vintage illustrations. The women in the story wore fashion of the I love Lucy era with pill box hats and wide umbrella polka dotted skirts.

And yes, about the story.....It's all about a little dog named Harry who went off for a little adventure, got himself so dirty that even his family did not recognise him beneath all that dirt and soot. Of course there's a clean and happy ending.

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