Getting down and dirty was the theme for the second week of our “Just Dig It” storytimes. The children were eager to hear the books read based just on the cover illustrations.
The first book read was the classic “Harry the Dirty Dog” by Gene Zion. The main character Harry created a lot of conversation about the children’s own pet dogs and how they get dirty or stay clean. The kids shared quite a few of their own pet stories! The story told of a dog who didn’t like to get a bath, so one day he buries the scrubbing brush and runs away, and in the process gets as dirty as he can. Returning home, Harry is unrecognizable to his family. The one thing that Harry must do is to dig up the scrub brush and jump in the bathtub for his family to know who he is!
“Dirty Gert” by Ted Arnold, had many going OOOOOOO! when the character Gert decides to eat dirt and ends up liking it! This rhyming text tells of a young girl’s habit of eating dirt. One day “when no one was the wiser” it becomes more then eating dirt for Gert “it had photosynthesized her”. She grew roots on her feet and leaves in her hair. Soon lawyers, botanists, and movie directors are involved. Things get worst for Gert but that is when her parents step in; knowing to “trim and fertilizer her”.
I think the last book appealed to the boys in the group with its cover of a muddy backhoe. “I’m Dirty” by Kate and Jim McMullan told the story of a backhoe and what he does in a typical day. The backhoe counts down from ten all the trash he must move to the dumpster. But the dirty part for the backhoe is removing a stump and then leveling the dirt. This was one dirty machine!
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