- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Reissue edition (July 1 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0590442929
- ISBN-13: 978-0590442923
- Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,222,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Clifford's Good Deeds Paperback – Jul 1 1993
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About the Author
There's no denying that kids love Clifford®. The Big Red Dog® has been a favorite since Norman Bridwell created him over 40 years ago. "I was working as a commercial artist in New York City. There wasn't much work, so I made some sample pictures and took them to several publishers. They all rejected my work. But one editor suggested that I try writing a book of my own to illustrate. I had done a painting of a little girl with a big red dog. That seemed like a funny idea, so I made up a story about them. I increased the dog's size from as big as a horse to as big as a house. My wife named the dog Clifford, and we named the little girl Emily Elizabeth after our daughter. In three days I had written the story and drawn the pictures for Clifford The Big Red Dog. When Scholastic called and said they wanted the book, I was stunned." Bridwell, who grew up in Kokomo, Indiana, lives now on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, with his wife, Norma.
For more information about Norman Bridwell, visit: scholastic.com/tradebooks
Top Customer Reviews
This book is for ages 7-8.
This book is ok.
Clifford's Good Deeds is about the title character Clifford, his owner Emily Elizabeth, and a neighbor boy named Tim. The three together decide to do "Good Deeds" for their fellow neighbors. Unfortunately these deeds end up in funny mishaps til the very end when a critical problem was solved by none other than Clifford when he assisted in putting out a housefire.
This is a great book for younger readers, (ages 6-8) and if read to children of Toddler/Preschool age.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
I bought the cliffords good deeds book to help mold my daughter into a decent young lady. The book is about a boy who does good deeds and he brings Clifford and the little girl along to help people out. Most of the time they try and do a good deed something goes wrong which discourages the kids and Clifford. In the end Clifford is able to help save some kids from a burning house and he was able to do a good deed without screwing up. It will help teach my child along with your child not to give up when trying and to keep on doing what is right. Overall it's a good life lesson to teach our young children.
Anyways, about the book. This book was one of the more important books to me in the Clifford series to get for my son. Because he has a rare form of cerebral gigantism, he's rather large for his age, and he struggles with muscle coordination and so sometimes, things don't go as planned for him. And partly because of the Autism he also has, he doesn't really understand sometimes people's reactions to things going wrong, especially when he's trying to help out. And I don't want him to become discouraged and stop trying. Because just like Clifford in this book, he does try to help out sometimes, and much of the time, it ends up not going well or not being the right thing to do. Clifford tries a whole lot to help a lot of different people in this book causing a few problems in the process when things don't go exactly right. And just like Clifford, who keeps trying, so does our little man.
Like the times he started noticing our cat food bowls were empty and filling them to the brim with kitty kibble. Well, we have a diabetic cat who can only eat certain size portions twice a day. Now, the kitties were thrilled with his attempts to help, but our little guy didn't understand why we weren't. Although sometimes, I totally think I should have let him keep feeding them ;) So I think it is super cool that there is a story in there with a character that is larger than life, because right now he's definitely very large for his age, who also means well, and will sometimes even save the day. Just like I love it that he's now cleaning up his own dishes from the table. Ok, sometimes he tries to throw away the silverware with the yogurt cups, so it's not perfect, but just like Clifford, he's totally trying to help with something and I think he needs to hear me say he's doing a great job trying and that I see what is in his heart. And I think it's important for kiddos who have those kinds of struggles have characters and stories they can see themselves in.
So I love the message of this story, because while I think it especially resonates with me because of the size of my son, and will eventually resonate with him for the same reason, I think it's a message all young children need in their lives. Because so often they have a natural desire to help that often exceeds their actual abilities to pull it off exactly right.