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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Love That Dog (2001)

by Sharon Creech

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This is at least the third time I've read this gem, and I love it every time. I can't really say anything worthy. We're having a good discussion it in the group Great Middle Grade reads, if you want to join us or even just lurk and learn more. (Jan. 2015) ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Written in a clear voice, in a free verse style. Organized in a diary format. Tells the touching story of a boy coming to terms with difficult life situations through a growing understanding and appreciation of poetry. Notice how the poetic verse becomes more complex and confident as the book progresses. A beautiful and almost haunting book. ( )
  SaritaInce | Mar 15, 2015 |
enlightening, fun poetry collection
  RachelHollingsworth | Feb 27, 2015 |
Representative of any child who hates poetry, Love That Dog tells the story of a funny, and sometimes sassy boy who hates poetry, but is made to write it by his teacher. Written as a series of free-verse poems, Jack writes about school, his dog, and his favorite poet. I would recommend this book to children in the 3rd-5th grade. Teachers can also use this book as an introduction to a poetry unit, or read a-loud to their class. ( )
  SimoneAlexis | Dec 12, 2014 |
Love That Dog was such an adorable sweet book that includes some poetry pieces that have humor, sweetness, motivation and even a little bit of sadness. This is a very good book to introduce to the younger students while trying to also introduce the poetry unit, no matter what the age.
  zahammou | Dec 9, 2014 |
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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 / don't write poetry. / Girls do.
Sky was just there in the road lying on his side with his legs bent funny and his side heaving
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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

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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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