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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 (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This is the heartwarming story of a little dog who is bought by two children and lives in a home where their mother's anger at doggy accidents leads to harsh discipline with a broom. The little dog Candy, develops a phobia about brooms. Candy's fear of brooms leads to him being lost in the country on a trip to the children's grandparents. Candy leads a lonely and fearful life as he struggles to find food in the woods and surrounding homes of people with dogs. Candy's fear launches the little desperate dog on a series of twists and turns that lead to encounters with people who would like to help the pitiful little dog. But somehow a new broom continues to send Candy in a different direction. As he makes friends along his journey, Candy must overcome his fear of brooms and people if he is to find the love and happy home he deserves.
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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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I have long been drawn to the writing of Meindert DeJong and had almost forgotten about this author. Many years ago when I was a middle school teacher, I shared this book with many of my classes of sixth, seventh and eighth graders. In those days there were a great many books that I often read aloud to my classes. Most of the students in those days enjoyed being read to. I am now 80 years old and still enjoy the older books. My memory is a little wobbly these days, and I always enjoy sharing the special books from a long time ago. I kept copies of most of them, but I recently have given them away to neighbor's children to enjoy. This past December I had visits from three former students (with their children) who came by for a bit of reminiscing. The older books were often enjoyed by the parents also. Many happy memories. These beautifully written books will be around for many more years. They are the fodder for many beautiful memories.
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What an emotional, roller-coaster ride this book is! I first heard this story when my 6th Grade teacher read this in class. I was barely 12 yrs old, and I fell in love with it. I returned to this book a couple of years ago when I found a copy on Amazon and had to order it. I read the book straight through in a couple of days and it was as much of a wonderful read then as it was the 1st time I heard the story. I've since lost that copy of the book but I'm ordering another copy. This is a must-read for kids. Full of heart-felt emotion that can change a person's outlook on animals and especially those we take in as pets. If you've never read this story, you need to, regardless of your age. And then you need to share it with your children and make this a part of family tradition.
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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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