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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Love That Dog (2001)

by Sharon Creech

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A novel written about a young boy written in the style of dated letters and in poetical verse, though Jack (boy) tells us in the beginning that boys don't write poetry (girls do). It's a cute and fun novel that, in few words, immediately draws the reader in to Jack's personality and his thoughts and feelings.
  SNML | Feb 28, 2017 |
Love That Book.
Delightful perspective on how a child learns to love poetry. ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
This is such a sweet book about a young boy who struggles with poetry. Every time he tries to write poetry he can't find anything to write about but he can't seem to get away from it. Once he finally starts doing it he discovers that he really does have something to write poetry about. The poems in this book are simple and sweet and a great introduction for students to poetry. ( )
  chelseagarland | Dec 2, 2016 |
1) Love That Dog is about a young boy and his journey to discovering his own voice and his love for poetry. He reads a poem titled "Love that boy". When he reads it he gets inspired and writes his own poem about his dog that ran away.

2) this is a cute collection of poems to read. You learn and read about a young boys love for his dog and how a little boy find his voice throught poetry.

3) When reading this, you could have the kids write a collection of their own poems and create their own little book just like in "Love That Dog". You could also give them different themes to write about or about a certain event. You can get as creative as you want with it.
  JacquelineSimmons | Nov 30, 2016 |
Summary: Love That Dog follows a young pupil on his journey through learning about poetry in school. Apprehensive at first, Jack timidly puts pencil to paper and writes about how much he dislikes poetry—that is, until he reads “Love That Boy” by Walter Dean Myers. Inspired, Jack begins to find his voice and tells the tragic story of the loss of his pet.

Personal reaction:
This collection of free verse poems is fun to read; Creech does a fabulous job of letting us into Jack’s mind and really nails the narrative of a seven- to ten-year-old boy. As Jack journeys through poetry, Creech reveals bit by bit his relationship with his dog, turning the collection into a page turner. I’m a sucker for any story that doesn’t end up beautifully happy and this one fit the bill.

Classroom Extension:
1) Jack especially liked the poems that were in the shape of their subjects. Show the students examples of these poems. Then, challenge the students to write their own theme poems.

2) Throughout the book, Jack learns about different types of poems. As you read through the chapters as a class, introduces the coordinating poems to the class. Then, assist the students as they write their own poem. In the end, students will have a collection of poems to create their very own book. ( )
  CaitlinHendy | Nov 30, 2016 |
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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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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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