Hurry Home, Candy

Hurry Home Candy The dog was lost He had no name and no one to love him He has only the silent empty countryside and a few crumbs and bare bones he could pick up He had only himself and he was afraid Along the way

  • Title: Hurry Home, Candy
  • Author: Meindert DeJong Maurice Sendak
  • ISBN: 9780064400251
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback
  • The dog was lost He had no name, and no one to love him He has only the silent, empty countryside, and a few crumbs and bare bones he could pick up He had only himself, and he was afraid Along the way, the little dog found a few friends, people who gave him shelter for a while, but always he moved on until he found a place he could call home forever.

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    1. This was perhaps the book that made me love reading and dogs simultaneouslyI was in the 2nd grade living in Lake Stevens, Washington. My teacher, Mrs.Fields, would read the last 15 minutes of the school dayis book was my favorite.I could not wait each day to hear her read about this little dogs life. I later named one of my dogs I had growing up , Candy:) and my love for reading was born! I did not know then that it had won the Newberry award.She was my favorite teacher and ill never forget her! [...]

    2. I would give three and a half stars to Hurry Home, Candy. Meindert DeJong understands dogs. Period. Beyond any reasoning that I could ever come up with, Meindert DeJong knows the heart and mind of a dog as intimately as if it were his own mind, knows its shortcomings and inabilities and the different kind of courage that it possesses, the honor and love that makes dogs be the creatures that have been mankind's most consistent companion for years untold. Real, warm sympathy pours forth from the c [...]

    3. There are only two books I've read aloud to my children, where at the end I was laughing and crying at the same time and could hardly finish, I was so moved. The Lord of the Rings, and Hurry Home, Candy.Meindert DeYoung is highly recommended reading for young people and adults!This is DeYoung's home run. It was read to me by Mr VanWyngarden in fourth grade, after recess (settle-down reading time). It is probably my best memory from elementary school.The stray dog, Candy, meets with lots of troub [...]

    4. I read this book as a kid. It was the first book I ever read on my own that completely immersed me in the story. I was the child, I was the dog I sobbed my way through this book and lived my days in the story for a long time after I read the last page. It transformed me as a reader and has stayed with me to this day.

    5. Me and dog Books. If they are any good, I adore them. This one, by one of my favorite children’s authors, I read in two sittings. My heart was bursting with grief for a good deal of it, but I couldn’t stop reading. DeJong understands dogs so well.

    6. This was one of the most depressing dogs books I have ever read. Halfway through the book I knew it had to end happily but there was not a hint of hopefulness in the writing. The writing was all doom and gloom and it was too much.

    7. I don't remember many books specifically from my childhood, which is odd since I read all the time. But this one I checked out from the library over and over. It made me cry, and I loved it. It's one I need to reread!

    8. I adore all the books I’ve read by this author. This was another enjoyable read and deserving of the Newbery Honor award…even though it’s another book about animals…not my favorite type, for sure. DeJong is so good at describing and explaining human behavior from the point of view of an animal, especially how an animal experiences abuse.“She never stooped to him, her voice did not caress his ears, her hand did not stroke him. Oh, sometimes when working in the kitchen she petted him, bu [...]

    9. This is the first book I remember crying over as a child. In reading it to my 8-year-old son, I was interested in seeing both how it affected him and whether it would still touch. Candy is a puppy taken too early from his mother by a pair of excited children. His human family (the parents) mistreat him, though not on purpose. As a result, Candy becomes a fearful little dog. When Candy is lost, his fearfulness is especially problematic, inhibiting chances of happiness again and again until -- at [...]

    10. There are some books that change how you view the written word. They do not have to be grand examples of skilled prose; they do not even have to be good, to be quite frank. Regardless, something in them has to move you, has to shake up your senses; these will be the books you remember and will shape how you grow as a reader.For a nine year old me, this was one of them.For those unfamiliar, this is a story of a dog, who goes from being lost to found, in a heartrending series of mishaps. There is [...]

    11. I liked this book much better than I liked Shadrach (another Meindert Dejong book I've read). There were children in this story, yes, but they didn’t figure so prominently in it. The plot centers around a small dog named Candy and his life, from puppyhood with the children and the mother who abused him with a broom (which I thought was slightly traumatizing, especially for a kids book), to his life as a stray in the woods, to his discovery of a man who became his companion. The story is told m [...]

    12. I think DeJong's great strength in this book is the expression of Candy's tragedy as a dog tragedy, not a human one. Obviously, Candy is anthropomorphized: we don't actually know how a dog thinks; but if we did, I think the soul of it would be very much Candy's soul (for that personality type of dog). I believe animals have emotions; they are not human emotions -- although they could quite resemble them. And the hopeless hopefulness of Candy has "dog" written all over it, from what external obse [...]

    13. Well written dog-story with a complex balance between sweet, sad and heartwarming ( Dejong works it out beautifully!) The story begins on the sad side. The focus being on the abused and abandoned dog Candy who lives a life of constant fear and hunger. He keeps to the shadows fearing all humans. He has no one to love and no one loves him. Which becomes the question of the story - will he ever overcome his abusive background, ( with the most terrorizing figure in it - the inanimate broom ) and wil [...]

    14. Hurry Home, Candy is a Newbery Honor book that was originally published in 1953. It has a 3rd.-6th. grade interest level and a reading level of 5.0.Maurice Sendak, the author of Where the Wild Things Are did an excellent job of illustrating the novel. The author, Meindert DeJong, has written a classic story detailing a dog's struggle to survive despite dangers and his own inner fears. It reminds me of the books I read as a kid. I understand why it has been reprinted so many times and why it is s [...]

    15. This is a book that I love partly because I read it when I was child and it was the first book that I really read by myself having struggled with reading. This book is about a puppy and you follow its life for just over a year. Within that year the puppy has more misfortune than any living thing should. It is a simply written book that leads you through the events of this puppy's life as he tries to survive in the wild and then tries to find love and a home. Can anyone love this little puppy tha [...]

    16. DeJong drew you into a dog's life, interpreting things from its perspective. We could see how its treatment affected how he responded. Meindert also gave the perspectives of those around the dog, unlike some books written exclusively from a dog's view. A sad tale of a lonely, run-away dog, hiding but not wanting to. Sometimes the redundancy of descriptions were omitted while I read aloud to the boys, but the plot moved along, creating anticipation.The boys enjoyed it.

    17. Chance are I would not have picked up this 1971 Newbery Honor Book if a student had not recently raved to me that it was "the best book I've ever read!" Any book about a stray dog who finally finds a home is likely to tug at my heartstrings, and this one was no exception - and it was recommended by an 8th grade boy no less! A good choice for those who like sentimental animal stories. Keep the tissues handy.

    18. I still have strong memories of this book from middle school. I had no dog growing up, but the story of this poor dog stuck with me,. I now volunteer at an animal shelter, and have always had empathy for animals looking for their forever home. There is an important lesson here in the responsibility of animal ownership amidst an excellent story.

    19. I thought that this was a pretty good. If you love dogs and don't mind a sad story, then this will work for you. However, I was quite disappointed with the kids at the end of the book. Kind of dumb, in my opinion, how that turned out. Also, I think the author kind of overdid the whole 'fear of brooms' thing. It was okay at first, but it got old after awhile.

    20. This is a beautiful, heartwrenching children's book. Told from the perspective of a small, terrified stray dog who finds courage through the love of one good man. The sorrow of the dog's suffering is quite hard to take, so I'm holding off on sharing it with my seven year-old, but I know some day we will.

    21. I thought that this book was amazing. the story was very well thought out, and the characters were well rounded. the only reason i rated it 4 stars is that it's so incredibly sad. but a good sad that makes you want to read more and more.

    22. I remember reading this book as a kid, and for some reason, it popped into my head one day while I was looking up books about dogs for someone. Behold, the library owned a copy! So, I read it again, and it was almost as good as I remembered (a rare thing indeed).

    23. My mom read this book to my sister, brother, and me when we were younger.It's a truly wonderful story, albeit sad in some parts. This book helped shape my love of animals, especially dogs, and how much I care for them.

    24. This is a very intriguing story. It captures your attention when your heart goes out to the poor suffering Candy, a small dog that seems to spend his whole life trying to find where he belongs. A classic.

    25. This book totally traumatized me as a kid. I don't understand adults who write incredibly sad stories about animals for children! Sadists. It's an incredibly sad story about an unloved and abandoned dog. He gets a happy ending at the end but man, the journey to get there is gut-wrenching.

    26. Candy, a stray dog living in the countryside, went through a long journey to get to his new home. He was not always a stray. He was born in the city, then given to new owners. This is when his fears began.

    27. I remember borrowing this from the school library. It is very sad at times and made me cry each time I read it.

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