Clifford the Big Red Dog, #1113

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My daughter gets a big hug from Clifford at story time at a local Barnes and Noble several years ago.

My daughter gets a big hug from Clifford at story time at a local Barnes and Noble several years ago.

Yesterday, the news hit that Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, passed away at 86.  I shared an article about his death on my Facebook page, and the response was one of deep sentiment.  These children’s books struck such a deep chord with so many people, and for me, Clifford books are stories I grew up on and passed on to the next generation.

Clifford The Big Red Dog 50th Anniversary Celebration

Everyone loves Clifford, and Norman Bridwell can certain rest peacefully knowing that he left such a sweet mark on society.  I just learned as I read about him that the beloved character, Emily Elizabeth, was named after his daughter.  It makes me wonder if the clumsy but lovable Clifford embodied Norman Bridwell’s traits.  I’d like to think so.

Rest in Peace, Mr Bridwell.  Your legacy will continue on long after your time on this Earth.  Thank you for a beautiful contribution

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