Hairy Maclary's friends join him for a walk until, with a sudden yowl, a wail and a howl, they run off. What could have caused such a scatter of paws? Written and illustrated by Lynley Dodd. Language Curriculum Connection: reading stories with rhythm and rhyme helps teach your young reader about what teachers call "fluency" -- the flow of language. As early as infancy, listeners benefit from the poetic rhythm of language read aloud.