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A New York story weighs love against material wealth. Celebrating gifts of the heart, hit the city sidewalks with a girl named Margot and a Dalmatian pup named Bailey. Young readersfind that family love is more important than material gifts
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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.

A New York story weighs love against material wealth.


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.


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

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!, November 23, 2012


Morgans (http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A2AZWOSLNFZWE0/ref=c...)

This review is from: BAILEY'S BIRTHDAY-Birthdays Children's Picture Book (Fully Illustrated Version) (Kindle Edition)

This book series is really well done and teaches valuable lessons! I am happy to have gotten this book when it was free because I couldn't have paid the asking price. I am very glad I was able to get it though!

2.0 out of 5 stars Illustrations are well done, the story not so much, November 20, 2012


M. Howe (http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A35OQUGQM72U9B/ref=c...) (AZ, United States)

The cover caught my eye but the story itself was hard to follow and boring. For a story aimed at children that are in the age range of learning when to capitalize words and when not to, this had too many oddly capitalized words. I wish I would have previewed the book prior to trying to read it to my daughter. We ended up ignoring the storyline a few pages in and just enjoyed the pictures to the end. I was fortunate to have found it when it was offered for free; I would have been very upset had I paid its current price of $9.99.

4.0 out of 5 stars Good bedtime story, November 14, 2012


Chris (http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A38R52VS9NYA83/ref=c...)

Kids enjoyed the story! Including asking questions exercise. The questions on employment though are harder to explain if kids are young.

5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful story, September 15, 2012



I got this story to read to my 17 month old daughter. I loved the story. And I believe that my daughter enjoyed it also. Being so young its hard to find stories engaging enough to keep her attention. But she sat through the whole story

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice story but not captivating, September 6, 2012



This story was the first free book I got on my kindle for my son. He likes animals but the story is about two girls and their dogs. It had a moral but was pretty brief in presenting it. I would guess my five year-old didn't pick up on the point.
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