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Bailey's Day

A book by Robert Haggerty

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  • Mar 28, 2010
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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 doing so is tell them or read them a dog story. Children are fascinated with pets and can usually match you story for story when they get started.

The author has taken his companion animal Bailey, and created, with the help of artist Bobbi Switzor, a charming story as to the activities of his dog while he, Bailey's best friend, is away from home. Bailey is pretty typical as dogs go and is a real charmer. The story is told though the eyes of the dog so you get a nice "dogs eye view" of the world around us. Bailey's day starts when his "dad," who is a mailman leaves for the day. Adventure after mellow adventure follow as Bailey picks up his next door neighbor friend, Frankie (a precarious "wiener dog," and they hit the neighborhood.

The author has done a wonderful job of writing this cute and understandable story and children are sure to identify with each and every character and action. The wording is perfect for reading to a group and the bright bold illustrations enhance the work and go perfectly with the text. While the story is exciting and fun, the author and illustrator both have simplified things and made this not only easy on the eye, but on the mind as well. There is no verbal clutter here to get in the way of a tale well told.

In addition to the story and illustrations, the author has treated us to a series of snapshots of Bailey in his real life home which when included with the art work and story; make you feel you truly know this neat and wonderful animal.

Robert Haggerty is obviously a natural story teller, knows his subject, and has the ability to articulate his stories to the level that small children will understand and appreciate. This is not an easy task as you will know if you have ever tried it, and Haggerty seems to have mastered it with this, his first children's book.

This is a great one to add to your child's library and a wonderful addition to any classroom.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks

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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 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 …
review by . March 25, 2010
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 …
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Retirement does not suit me and I now substitute teach in our local schools system. I spent twenty years in the military, twenty years in health care as a consultant and have taught in various colleges … 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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