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Love That Dog (2001)

by Sharon Creech

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Love that Dog, is a great book of teaching children that poetry is fun to write and interesting to read. The story is about a boy who despises writing poetry, but eventually finds his voice and can not stop writing in poems. This book would be great for 6th through 9th grade, because of the storyline as well as the content and organization of text. Using this book in a class before beginning a poetry lesson, would be great because it would show students that anyone can write poetry as long as they try their best. ( )
  Kailynevans | Nov 15, 2017 |
Gedichten die ik heb gelezen:
De appel
Straatmuziek
Het weiland
Hond
De rode kruiwagen
De tijger
Mijn gele hond
Hou van die knul
Mijn sprint
Hou van die hond

Deze gedichten zijn vrij bijzonder. Er wordt over het algemeen veel gebruik gemaakt van beeldspraak, wat je weer leuk kunt koppelen aan beeldende vorming. ( )
  Stefanie_Dumay | Oct 26, 2017 |
Love That Dog is a book written as journal entries in the form of poems. Jack, the writer of the entries, hates writing poetry and expresses that in his once-a-week writings. Throughout the course of the book, we see Jack progress as a writer, a poet, and a person. He opens up about the sad passing of his dog, and is very excited when he gets famous author Walter Dean Myers to come to his school to speak. For these reasons, the central message to me was the power of growth and commitment. Jack only improves and becomes more comfortable throughout his writings. Additionally, the author, Sharon Creech, included the poems by famous authors that Jack refers to in his entries when he talks about the poems read aloud in class. ( )
  DominiqueStewart | Sep 29, 2017 |
Jack is less than thrilled when his teacher continues to introduce new poems to the class. Written in a diary like format, Love That Dog follows Jack as he goes from down right hating poetry to finding his voice and becoming a confident writer. Due to fear of criticism from his fellow classmates, Jack only allows his teacher to put his poems on display if they are anonymous. As the school year goes on, and with consistent reassurance and support from his teacher, Jack becomes proud of his writing and confidently displays it for the class to enjoy. As a future teacher, it made my heart smile to watch Jack shed his insecurities about his writing and find inspiration in other works of poetry. ( )
  T.Spears | Aug 31, 2017 |
Love That Dog is a fiction children's novel that deals with self-doubt turned into inspiration. The little boy Jack is learning poetry in his classroom, but at first does not like it, and does not feel he can write. With the help of his teacher Jack goes from not writing, to writing poems he likes. From not posting his poems, to letting his teacher type them and put them on the board. Lastly, Jack goes from being anonymous, to putting his name on his poems and wondering why other poets want to stay anonymous. With the help of his teacher, Jack learns that he actually loves poetry and even finds a poet he is inspired by. His self doubt is turns into confidence in his work. While there are no pictures in this book, the reader can get a sense of the images through the writing, and the explanations of the thoughts of the boy, and through the poems that he is either writing about or reading. ( )
  rmajeau | Aug 24, 2017 |
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Sandy and Jack Floyd
Mark and Karin Leuthy Benjamin
Louise England
Rob Leuthy

all of whom
love love love their dogs

With special thanks to
Walter Dean Myers

and to all the poets
and Mr.-and-Ms. Stretchberrys
who inspire students every day
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Room 105—Miss Stretchberry

September 13

I don't want to
because boys
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Girls do.
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Sky was just there in the road lying on his side with his legs bent funny and his side heaving
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0064409597, Paperback)

Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech's Love That Dog, a funny, sweet, original short novel written in free verse, introduces us to an endearingly unassuming, straight-talking boy who discovers the powers and pleasures of poetry. Against his will. After all, "boys don't write poetry. Girls do." What does he say of the famous poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"? "I think Mr. Robert Frost / has a little / too / much / time / on his / hands." As his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, introduces the canon to the class, however, he starts to see the light. Poetry is not so bad, it's not just for girls, and it's not even that hard to write. Take William Carlos Williams, for example: "If that is a poem / about the red wheelbarrow / and the white chickens / then any words / can be a poem. / You've just got to / make / short / lines." He becomes more and more discerning as the days go by, and readers' spirits will rise with Jack's as he begins to find his own voice through his own poetry and through that of others. His favorite poem of all is a short, rhythmic one by Walter Dean Myers called "Love That Boy" (included at the end of the book with all the rest of Ms. Stretchberry's assignments). The words completely captivate him, reminding him of the loving way his dad calls him in the morning and of the way he used to call his yellow dog, Sky. Jack's reverence for the poem ultimately leads to meeting the poet himself, an experience he will never forget.

This winning, accessible book is truly remarkable in that Creech lets us witness firsthand how words can open doors to the soul. And this from a boy who asks, "Why doesn't the person just / keep going if he's got / so many miles to go / before he sleeps?" (Ages 8 to 12) --Karin Snelson

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:28 -0400)

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A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.

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