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Hurry Home, Candy (Lions) Paperback – June 7, 1999

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"one of the most original of present-day writers for chldren..." -- -- New York /times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Meindert DeJong is the award-winning author of many classic books for children, including the Newbery Medal-winning The Wheel On The Schooland the Newbery Honor-winning Along Came A Dog, Shadrach,and The House Of Sixty Fathers, all available in Harper Trophy editions and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Among Mr. Sendak's other popular books is his Caldecott Medal-winning Where The Wild Things Are. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Lions
  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Lions (June 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006713521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006713524
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,017,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
Hurry Home Candy will make you cry. It will change the way you look at your dog. It will change the way you speak to your dog. If you don't have one, the first chapter will make you never want to take a puppy away from it's mother. Ever. I first read Hurry Home Candy when I was 7 - I'm now 23 - and the feelings and emotions which this little dog's story stirred in me then, are triggered even now. I only have to read the last paragraph and I'm in floods of tears. It's such a beautiful, timeless tale of how humans will never quite understand animals, of how children who promise to always look after a pet for ever and ever, are distracted by a shiny new bike, of how little dogs, like Candy, through intent or accident, are lost or abandoned every single day. I just wanted to share my great love of this book with others, and if you have children, let them read it while they are young. I have treasured this story for many years, and I will continue to do so, whilst taking extra special care of my pets as well. Feel a little dog's fear as he is snatched from his mother's warmth and taken to a place with a cold kitchen floor and the constant threat of the broom. Feel a little dog's heart burst with the love for his new little boy and girl who make the thoughts of brooms melt away. And feel the terror of the trip which splits the little dog from his children and sets him on his heart - wrenching journey to find them, and to survive. Along the way, Candy meets some other humans and in certain ways changes their lives - but can anyone change his?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gillian Marrion on October 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
Hurry Home Candy was such a significant read of my childhood - the fear of abandonment and the joy of being loved experienced and retold through the emotions of a dog! A special book,timeless,universal themes sharply observed and wonderfully illustrated. I recommend for all grown up children who enjoyed Hurry Home Candy to read the recently published "Timoleon Vieta Come Home" by Dan Rhodes - Canongate Books 2003. ISBN 1 84195 389 X. This book is special too. Check it out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book over 20 years ago and was reminded of it after talking about books that effected our hearts with a few friends. Every child should read this!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MelloCello on January 29, 2000
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I first read this book in junior high school, some 25 years ago, and it affected me deeply then as much as now. A wonderful book for children of all ages to learn compassion for animals, it will make you cry with both sadness and joy for all the trials that little Candy goes through. I am so pleased to finally have my own copy from Amazon.com and will definitely use it in my classroom as a teacher.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this book when I was in third grade (25 years ago). Unlike many books I read as a child, I've never re-read this but have always meant to. Part of the reason I've never read it is that I always forget the title. Someone on my children's literature list knew the book and I made it a point to write it down right away. The other reason I haven't re-read it as an adult is that I've never come across a used copy at a yard sale, book store, etc. Maybe nobody ever wants to part with theirs! Honestly, all I remember from reading this book was it is about a lost dog. But it made such an impression on me as a child. It really moved me in the way that Black Beauty moved me. And the memory of the feelings the story envoked have lasted with me always. I look forward to finally re-visiting this little gem.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DSB VINE VOICE on March 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
I first read this precious book forty-five years ago. It was 1961 and I was in the 5th grade. Until I read this book, I was terrified of dogs, but after reading it, I became a "dog person". Although I own almost every dog book in print, this one is still my favorite. My daughter read it when she was in fourth grade and loved it too. Needless to say, she's also a dog lover. My granddaughter is only two years old, but I have a copy for her as soon as she's ready.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 30, 2007
Format: Library Binding
Even though there are not many stray dog lovers out there, it also goes good for a must read for dog or even pet lovers!

I agree with 5 stars being the average consumer rating. It is a story of a nameless dog who finds a home. As it thinks life is just the children, they go to school during the day, and terror and frigtening, not to mention a broom, are awaiting him at home.

Car accident, Candy looks for a new home. When he does, the indivials there love him, and when he needs to hurry home at the end, he does on the last sentence.

Ask for quiet as you settle down and begin to read one of Meindert DeJong's best Newbery Honor book. You can omit this last sentence: be sure to look for Along came a Dog and The house of Sixty Fathers at your local library, another great Newbery Honor books by the great Hans Christian Andersen Medal winner author Meindert DeJong. If you like Caldecott books, however, he's the author of Where the Wild Things Are!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Masching on February 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
I first read this book in junior high. It is now thirty some years later and I am ordering it to read again. I am sure that my children will enjoy and remember it like I have. This is a "must read" for anyone who loves animals.
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