Harry The Dirty Dog

  • Title: Harry The Dirty Dog
  • Author: Gene Zion
  • Illustrator: Margaret Bloy Graham
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication year: 1956
  • Brief Summary: From Barnes & Noble-“This funny picture book about the strong-willed dog who really doesn’t want a bath stands the test of time.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –Not sure that there is really any way to use this book for a curriculum need. In fact, I would wonder if this book would be weeded because of the year of publication. However, if not it another animal/pet book that would appeal to young children but I would recommend this one for pre-school.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. –This book falls in line with a lot of other animal centered books, however I would rather go with My Lucky Day than this book. The illustrations, while classically well-done, all feature white only characters. It is not until Zion and Graham’s 1965 team up, Harry By The Sea that there are African American families present (even though they are only in the background).

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