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Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy Paperback – June 2, 2001

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Book 1 of 8 in the Hairy Maclary Series

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The first title, published in New Zealand in 1983 and making its U.S. debut, introduces the diminutive black dog and a host of canine pals in a cumulative text. They take the town until a giant tomcat sends them all homeward. In the second book (published in 1984), the same motley crew follows the hero in hopes of taking his bone but, one by one, Hairy outmaneuvers them. Ages 2-5.

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About the Author

New Zealander LYNLEY DODD is one of the best-known and best-selling picturebook creators in the English-speaking world. She is also the author/illustrator of the Slinki Malinki series.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 1410 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press; unknown edition (June 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582460590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582460598
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joshua Koppel on September 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Hairy McCleary from Donaldson's Dairy is the first in a long series of books from one of the most popular children's authors in New Zealand. Her writing style of rhyming verse should be popular with fans of Dr. Seuss.

In this book, Hairy McCleary is joined by a slew of other dogs (some have their own books) as they explore down the street. But a terrible cat gets in the way of their doggy behavior.

The book is nicely illustrated with full-page illustrations. The verse follows patterned rhymes and the list of dogs is repeated each time a new one joins up. The repetition and simple plot make it good for younger readers and it sets the stage for many other adventures. All in all it is like of combination of BISCUIT (Alyssa Satin Capucilli) with its repetitiveness and ANGUS AND THE DUCKS (Marjorie Flack) with its resolution of curiosity.
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By A Customer on May 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
As an expat New Zealander now living in the US I am delighted to finally be able to get these books here.
I have been reading them to kids for 15 years and now have a son of my own and he already has the entire collection of Hairy Maclary related books (14 and Counting....)
This is one of my all time favourite books. Every child I have read or given these to has become addicted to that scruffy black dog. His is an everyday New Zealand kind of life. The illustrations are typical NZ scenery, great for those who have been there and remember fondly the backdrop to these great tales.
Lynley Dodd has also written several other great kids books, so check her out on the web. The other reviews tell you how great the book is, I wanted to let you know that if you love this book there are many more to discover.
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Lynley Dodd's rhyming text and pictures make for a fabulous read that will rank among your child's favorite read alouds if not THE favorite. My sister has been sending me Lynley Dodd's books directly from New Zealand for years and my kids STILL talk about them, repeating line after line of the memorized text from so many years ago and still enjoy hearing them as they are shared with their younger siblings. This is the first book of many with the same characters (Schnitzel von Krumm with a very low tum, Bitzer Maloney all skinny and bony, Bottomly Potts covered in spots, Hercules Morse as big as a horse, Muffin McLay like a bundle of hay and of course, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy.) You will love these dogs. And you will also meet Scarface Claw. Great gifts.. holidays, birthdays, and births!
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This book is legendary in our family - we live in the place God would choose for a holiday! -Noosa, Australia. When we take Henry (7) and Tom (4)walking with Sophie(English Springer Spaniel) we run into so many other dogs - the boys always tell me "who" these dogs are according to the Lynley Dodd stories. We quite often run into 'Muffin McLay' and 'Barnacle Beasley' and there is great excitement whenever we see 'Hercules Morse as big as a horse' or 'Schnitzel Von Crumm with a very low tum'. To deny your children these stories is to starve them from essential nutrients for the imagination! - The Callaghans love these stories - Thankyou Lynley Dodd for making our dog walking a magical experience!!!!!
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My 3YO daughter has to read this book EVERY night and loves it. She has an articulation problem so I have her repeat the last word for each dog character ("hay", "spots" etc) as it repeats often. This is helping with memory as well and makes her aware of rhyming words/sounds which is key pre-literacy skill. That said, my 5YO liked it the first few times but got bored with it quickly (I think he has it memorized!).
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This is the first of the "Hairy Maclary" books. And while it's not the best "Hairy Maclary" book (my favorites are HAIRY MACLARY'S RUMPUS AT THE VET, HAIRY MACLARY'S CATERWAUL CAPER, and SLINKY MALINKI), it's an essential "Hairy Maclary" book; it's the one where all the major characters are introduced. In fact, that's pretty much all the book is, an extremely entertaining introduction--and that's not a bad thing at all! We meet among others, Harry Maclary "from Donaldson's Dairy" (some sort of terrier), Bottomley Potts "covered in spots" (dalmation), and Muffin McLay "like a bundle of hay" (English sheepdog). Once the dogs are all introduced, they head to town where they run into Scarface Claw, "the toughest Tom in town", who frightens them all away. My son, who is two and a half, really loves this book. He is always on alert for Schnitzel von Krumms (dachschunds) and Muffin McLays when we go out for walks. Also, we've been inspired from time to time to make up our own rhymes about these dogs. Bitzer Maloney, for example, "loves to eat baloney". And Hercules Morse "eats roast beef, of course". It's hard not to love a book that can do all that for you!
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Hairy Maclary will become a leading member of the group `Friends from Books' for any small child and his grownups who are lucky enough to read this book. He is a canine character they can recognize. Every neighbourhood has a small, cheerful,

scruffy dog. He hangs out with a group of friends who walk downtown undisturbed until they meet the aggressive tomcat "Scarface Claw the toughest tom in town" and run home for safety and security.

This is described in wonderful marching rhyme using words and names that sing off the tongue. Reading this story aloud is an upbeat experience for both the adult reader and the child who will quickly join in, repeating the list of names.

Much of the magic for children comes from the clever artwork which picks up the characteristics of the different breeds. They will look for and recognize "Bottomley Potts all covered in spots' and "Schnitzel von Krumm with a very low tum" in their own world. And of course in communities where they have opportunities, dogs do make canine friends and socialize in groups irrespective of size and breed.

I help out in a small community library where "Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy" is one of the well thumbed, always out, books.

I have bought this book for grandchildren who live on the other side of the Pacific confident that the universal appeal of the characters and the rhythmic text will please and delight both the recipients and their parents
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