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Remembering Norman Bridwell and Clifford the Big Red Dog

December 18, 2014 | John P. | Comments (0)






Followers of preschool children’s literature are sad to learn of the passing of American author/illustrator Norman Ray Bridwell on December 12, 2014 who created the series of Clifford the Big Red Dog books. As a commercial artist, Bridwell sought supplementary income in the early 1960s to support his wife Norma and young daughter Emily. He followed the suggestion of a book publishing editor to write a story around one of his picture illustrations, settling on a picture encompassing a young girl named Emily (based on his daughter) and a big, all-round dog named Clifford (after his wife’s imaginary friend when she was a child). After facing rejection from nine (9) publishers, Scholastic Books liked Norman Bridwell’s concept and published Clifford the Big Red Dog in 1963 with thirty-nine (39) subsequent titles following and 60 million copies sold over the next fifty (50) plus years. As a tribute to Norman Ray Bridwell who has brought countless pleasure to innumerable children and families over the years, please consider the following items for borrowing from Toronto Public Library collections:


Clifford collection the original 6 stories

Clifford collection [the original 6 stories] / Norman Bridwell, 2012. Book.

Read the original six Clifford stories under one cover: Clifford the big red dog; Clifford at the circus; Clifford gets a job; Clifford takes a trip; Clifford's good deeds; and, Clifford's tricks.  Enjoy the letter from Norman Bridwell to the readers, learn about the creation of Clifford, and see an image of Bridwell’s 1962 painting that led to the Clifford series of children’s picture books.


Clifford the big red dog. Doghouse adventures [1 videodisc] / Scholastic Entertainment, 2007. DVD.

Watch the following short films on Clifford: Clifford cleans his doghouse; Doggie garden; Screaming for ice cream; Jetta's project; Then came Bob; Cloths don't make the dog; Limelight fright; Clifford's cookie craving; and, Guess who's coming to Birdwell.


Clifford's really big movie

Clifford’s really big movie [1 videodisc] / Warner Bros. Pictures and Scholastic Entertainment, 2004. DVD.

Follow Clifford’s adventure when he joins a travelling carnival to avoid being a burden to his human family. Clifford seeks a fortune based on food, advises his animal friends on overcoming fear, saves the carnival from going bankrupt, and makes his way home back to his human family.


Please follow these links for additional selections of Books, eBooks and eAudiobooks, and Audiobook CDs available from Toronto Public Library collections.


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