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Bailey's Day

A book by Robert Haggerty

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A Fine Children's Book - with an Added Surprise!

  • Mar 25, 2010
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BAILEY'S DAY is a charmer. Author Robert Haggerty is a mailman in Tucson, Arizona: he happens to own a black and white pointer, a female dog Haggerty found and adopted. His obvious love for his animal fills every page of this delightful book that pleads to be read to children - especially those who either have a dog or those with the possibility of adding a pup to their household.

The story is told in simple style - Bailey belongs to a mailman but during the day she sneaks out of her property to chase lizards, enjoy the environment, and buddy up with a dachshund named Frankie. Together they explore the world of running, swimming, snacks at a taco stand, accepting ice cream from children - all under the knowledge that they must return home by evening to avoid the 'wrath' of Bailey's master. This part of the book is illustrated with some excellent paintings/illustrations by Bobbi Switzer. The surprise is the inclusion of photographs of Bailey as taken by her master. These are not only tender but humorous as well and serve a function that few children's book offer: the main characters of a tale are actually delivered to the reader as real life characters, something that will delight children (and their readers!) as a terrific bonus. Grady Harp, March 10

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review by . May 09, 2010
Aimed at beginning readers, this large picture book tells the tale of Bailey, a pointer dog that lives in Arizona. After her owner leaves for his job as a mail man, Bailey starts the day with a big bowl of dog food and a dog bone. Then, Bailey takes a good long nap in the closet on top of his dad's shirts. When he wakes up it is out the door by himself to explore.    First he plays with a lizard that is sunning himself on the wall of a fence. Bailey gets over the fence and checks …
review by . April 08, 2010
Robert Haggerty introduces us to his charming canine friend, Bailey, in his self-published book for young readers, Bailey's Day.    Inspired by his pooch, who loves to sneak out with his best doggy buddy, Frankie, Haggerty created this cute tale of what exactly Bailey did on her day out. From chasing an elusive lizard, to scaling a wall...then off to a taco stand, Bailey had quite an adventure. All of it wonderfully illustrated and penned. The author's voice is straightforward …
review by . March 28, 2010
Have you ever wondered what your dog, your best friend does while you are away from home? Robert Haggerty has been kind enough to share the routine of his dog Bailey's daily adventures with us in this truly charming children's book. I must admit that I am a pushover for dog stories and this one is exceptionally well done.  First, there is an absolute fact; if you want to get the attention of a room full of small children, either at the library, school or where ever, one surefire way of …
review by . March 26, 2010
Pet owners and lovers, of which I am one, enjoy their antics even when they are annoying and frustrating. Bailey is a real dog that "owns" the author, a mail carrier. Like all good dogs, he is full of mischief, waiting for Haggerty to go to work so that he can find his friend Frankie and go exploring. Frankie is a wiener dog possessing the same spirit of adventure that Bailey does.    Their day is spent in chasing things, running through ditches and mooching as much food as possible from …
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Grady Harp is a champion of Representational Art in the roles of curator, lecturer, panelist, writer of art essays, poetry, critical reviews of literature, art and music, and as a gallerist. He has presented … more
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"Bailey's Day" is a children's book about a very energetic black and white pointer dog. After Bailey's owner, a mailman, goes to work, she sets off for a day of many adventures. After hooking up with her wiener dog friend, Frankie, they go for a swim, romp through the park, and eat tacos with Pete, the taco man. The dogs have to be careful because Bailey's owner could be driving by in his mail truck. Packed with many colorful illustrations and real photos of Bailey, this book is sure to be a hit for young readers, as well as dog lovers.
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ISBN-10: 1432745506
ISBN-13: 978-1432745509
Author: Robert Haggerty
Publisher: Outskirts Press

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