Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack

Oh, Emmy and I are so in love with Hairy Maclary! He is the most wonderful dog - mischievous and loveable. If you are looking for a new series of books to bring into your child's life, this is definitely it! In the book Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack, Hairy is attempting to take an afternoon snooze, when Zachary Quack, a tenacious duckling, interrupts him for him some playtime. After much pestering and a great save, Hairy and Zachary become the best of friends.

And now a word about the author, Lynley Dodd - FABULOUS! She is New Zealand's best known and most hightly respected author and illustrator of children's picture books. Her work has sold over two million copies worldwide. Lynley Dodd creates a world of rhythm and rhyme that is enchanting. It's wonderful to find an author and illustrator who works to create not only beautiful art, but also beautiful language. Here is an example, "It was drowsily warm, with dozens of bees lazily buzzing through flowers and trees." All of Dodd's books make the most wonderful read alouds. Take a moment to listen in as the book Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack is read aloud.

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