“Early the next morning, a loud CLANG! from the street below woke him.
Bailey sprang to the window. ‘They’re delivering my presents!’ he said. But all he saw were garbage collectors emptying garbage cans into their big truck.
‘Haven’t been good enough yet,’ he decided.”
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Fully Illustrated Version
Picture Book for reading with the younger child – ages 3-6
This version of BAILEY'S BIRTHDAY includes all the luminous illustrations just waiting to enchant children of any age, and especially the read-to set.
If the text only version is better for your needs, then please click on BAILEY'S BIRTHDAY in the Text-Only Version for the serious young reader – ages 6-9.
Happy reading in either Version.
A New York story weighs love against material wealth.
CELEBRATING GIFTS OF THE HEART
Seventeen days until Margot's seventh birthday-and then it will be Bailey's birthday, too. It's the Great Birthday Month!
And birthdays mean presents-or so Bailey has heard.
"I'm sure you"ll get lots," says Claudia. Her owner Nicki always gets FABULOUS gifts.
"We just have to be good..." says Margot, "before we get all our presents, too."
And Bailey is good. He doesn't bark. He doesn't jump on Aunt Syl. He doesn't sleep on the sofa. Bailey is actually CALM! "Here come the presents," thinks the hopeful Dalmatian.
Bailey will soon discover that the best presents are not gift-wrapped
Set in New York City, author Elizabeth Happy's story of great expectations presents a dog's eye view of big city life-from comfortable brownstones to soaring skyscrapers, from the din of early-morning garbage collectors to the clamor of evening rush hour, from Central Park to the Staten Island Ferry.
Illustrator Andra Chase has captured the whole scene in vivid watercolors. And her depictions of the eager-to-please Bailey and his muddled sidekick Claudia are heart stealing.
First published in 1994, this timeless story includes the Twin Towers as an important part of this New York City landscape.
BAILEY'S BIRTHDAY is "a kiss and a bandanna" and a gift of love to readers of all ages.
So hit the sidewalks of New York with a girl named Margot and a Dalmatian pup named Bailey. Both are on their best behavior in anticipation of their shared birthday celebration. Children will feel Bailey's keen disappointment when all he gets for his birthday is a kiss and a bandanna. And they will rejoice with Bailey's realization that the love and support of his family are more important than material gifts.
A SURPRISE and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information" which includes lots of facts about The Statue of Liberty, the Staten Island Ferry, the famous New York Skyline, including the Twin Towers, Central Park and Manhattan Island.. This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in interesting description.
A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with young readers about the message of the story...the importance of love and family and home...and the UNIMPORTANCE of material possessions. So even though on the surface this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.
MAKING THE CASE FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION
If you are tired of bullying, teasing, youth violence, gangs, vandalism, drug abuse, sexual misconduct…
If you are tired of the crisis with our older youth…
If you want to help make a difference one tiny step at a time…
Then this is the eBook for your children ages 3-9.
Read WITH your children and grandchildren, discuss the concept and message…
and know that you are part of the movement sweeping America to bring back our important values by restoring character education in our homes and schools.
(signed) The Thoughtful Parent
JOAN'S eBOOKS LLC
About Elizabeth Happy
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Published November 28, 2013
by JOAN'S eBOOKS LLC Self-Esteem and Self-Respect Publications.
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