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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Love That Dog (2001)

by Sharon Creech

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"Love That Dog" is a simultaneously heartwarming and heart wrenching story of a boy named Jack who discovers his talent and passion for writing poetry in an unexpected way. Jack expresses his confusion over the meaning of poetry to his teacher, but slowly becomes inspired to write his own poetry. Jack grows fond of the poem "Love That Boy" by Walter Dean Myers which inspires him to write about his beloved dog Sky.

This book is perfect for many students who are hesitant about reading or writing poetry. Many of the struggles Jack goes through with understanding the meaning and purpose of poetry is relatable for many fifth or sixth graders reading this book. An activity that students could do would be to find a poem that they enjoy and create their own poem inspired from it, similar to what Jack did with Myers's "Love That Boy." Poems such as "The Red Wheelbarrow" by Williams Carlos Williams and "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost are explored by Jack in the book. This is the perfect opportunity for students to read these poems and discuss their own interpretations and have literature circles on the poems within this book.

Creech, Sharon. (2001). Love that dog. New York: HarperCollins. ( )
  kerrydaimon | Oct 5, 2015 |
A boy and his dog. Sad story of friendship. Interesting Perspective.
  amkestek | Aug 13, 2015 |
Of course this is warm and adorable, this journal of poems that shows the development of young student. You want to just hug this kid and praise the teacher, shout from the roof-tops, YES! POETRY! But....who else would love this book besides a teacher? I don't see my kids loving it, but I also haven't tried recommending it, either. In sum, a heart-warming quick read that is rather brilliant, but if the audience is children or young adults, I don't think it works with that niche. I'm interested in everyone else's experience with the book, so if you disagree with me, comment away! ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
The protagonist in this journal-style verse poetry book dislikes poetry, strongly. The main character and topic is one many elementary student could relate to. A very quick and easy read. Interesting format for a poetry book.
  Amyinalaska | Jul 27, 2015 |
This is a great book for motivating kids to write poetry. Jack originally hates poetry, but has to write it for class. Amazingly, the more he writes poetry, the more he finds to say! ( )
  flackm | Jul 25, 2015 |
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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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