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Miss Dirt the Dustman's Daughter (Happy Families) [Paperback]

Allan Ahlberg
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5 Sep 1996 Happy Families

Daisy Dirt's dad is a dustman on the dole, but her mum has remarried a Duke, so she's a filthy rich Duchess. Poor Daisy doesn't know whether she's coming or going, whether she's rich or poor - until everything changes ...

Based on the classic 'Happy Families' card game, this highly entertaining series is ideal for reading and sharing at home or at school. It is guided by the Education Adviser, Brian Thompson, and written by the award-winning author, Allan Ahlberg.

'The best thing to happen to beginner readers since Dr Seuss' Children's Rights Workshop.

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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (5 Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140378820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140378825
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children's writers. He has published over 100 children's books and, with his late wife Janet, created such award winning picture books as EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY POSTMAN - both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction and lives in Bath. Andre Amstutz studied art and design at Brighton School of Art and has worked in animation as well as advertising. He has illustrated several children's books including the Fast Fox, Slow Dog series, some of the Happy Families titles and Monkey Do (Walker).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
My 4 year old loves the story of Miss Dirt and her hectic and variable life style. This book is not only a fun read but looks at family life from a different perspective to most children's stories, teaching children that one form of parenting is no better or worse than another form. With many split families in today's society it is refreshing and realistic to have a story about a girl who shares her time between her Mum and her Dad and has a life style that is both poor and rich. A must for any child's bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happily Families 9 Mar 2014
By juliaww
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Timeless literature for young children of primary age. They are particularly useful for children who speak English as a second language
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 27 Oct 2012
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By Katya
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Very disappointing purchase. I had several of the Happy Families series when I was a child in the early 80s - I bought this thinking it would be along the same lines. My 20m old son loves being read the classics like Miss Wobble the Waitress or Mr. Biff the Boxer, so I thought I'd add to his collection. This book, along with at least two others I mistakenly purchased (Vole the Vet and Cliff the Climber) are about divorce/single parents etc. Is this to make kids from messed up families feel better?!It's as though the publisher said there were too many 'happy families' in the series; we need some dysfunctional ones to be up-to-date. This book is didactic, PC, and depressing - it's also got a patronising air about it. It's about divorce; the child being shared between two parents. Completely out of the character of the series and for the wrong age group in any event. I note this one was published in 1996, considerably later than the better ones. It's such a shame; this book does not have the jolly, childish and somewhat ridiculous story one would expect from this series. Be warned.
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