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Clifford 50 years

A big dog celebrates a big birthday this year: Clifford the beloved "Big Red Dog" first appeared on the literary scene 50 years ago, along with Emily Elizabeth, the little girl who loves him.

Clifford the Big Red Dog is one classic that has been around for years. It is the story of Emily Elizabeth, a little blond-haired girl who adopts a very small red pup who is the runt of the litter. She was told her dog would grow up small and sick, but she gave her little puppy so much love that it grew to be the biggest dog in the world. In order to keep her dog, she and her family move from the city to the county, where Clifford and Emily find many new friends, but no one has a dog as big as Clifford! He's friendly, big-hearted, loyal, fun-loving and sweet.

 

Fun Facts

Q: How old is Emily Elizabeth?
A: She's eight.

Q: Where does Emily Elizabeth get Clifford?
A: From the man down the hall in her apartment building in the city.

Q: Who is the voice of Clifford in the Clifford TV series?
A: John Ritter provides the voice of Clifford on the TV show.

Q: Who is Clifford's creator?
A: Norman Bridwell

Q: What was the name Norman originally wanted to call his big red dog character?
A: Norman states that he originally wanted to call Clifford's character "Tiny," but his wife, Norma said that was boring and suggested ”Clifford” after an imaginary friend from her childhood.

Q: Where did Norman Bridwell grow up?
A:  Kokomo, Indiana

Q: Who is the character Emily Elizabeth named after?
A:  Norman Bridwell's first-born daughter.

Q: Where is Norman Bridwell living currently?
A:  Norman Bridwell now resides on Martha's Vineyard with his family, where he enjoys beachcombing, photography and, of course, creating new tales and drawings for his fans the world over.

"She pointed to a sample painting I'd done, of a little girl with a gigantic red dog, and she said, 'Maybe that's a story.' And I went home, and over that weekend I wrote the story Clifford the Big Red Dog and was shocked when it was accepted for publication, because I'd never written anything before."_ Norman Bridwell

 

Celebrate with Clifford his birthday with this card that you can decorate as you want.
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