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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Love That Dog (original 2001; edition 2003)

by Sharon Creech

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Title:Love That Dog
Authors:Sharon Creech
Info:Perfection Learning (2003), Hardcover
Collections:Your library
Tags:poetry, boys, dog, learning poetry, poems, journaling, types of poetry, student perspective, self discovery, writing style, word choice

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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (2001)


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This is a heartwarming story about a boy who doesn't want to write poetry after being given an assignment in school. But after keeping a journal he finds that he rather likes it. The boy goes through the process of learning how to write poetry. I think this would be a nice complement to teach a class poetry.
  CindyNeils | Jul 29, 2016 |
Sharon Creech is a master of prose and this book will not disappoint her fans. The story of a young boy coming to love and write poetry unfolds quite sweetly in this novel. Jack is an elementary age boy who doesn't want to write poetry or understand it. Eventually in protesting the writing of a poem, Jack realizes he's quite good at it. When he is asked to write about a pet, Jack is reluctant and Creech reveals the reason why through a series of poignant poems written by Jack. The reader comes to find out that Jack's beloved pet dog died. Following Jack's evolution from reluctant student to poet and lover of poetry, the reader comes along on a journey that will likely lead to their own understanding and love of poetry. ( )
  bfsnook | Jul 27, 2016 |
I felt this book was hard to read because of the format that it was written in.
  Elisabeth_Reil | May 18, 2016 |
Jack hates poetry. During class, he does not think his poems are good. The more Jack writes, his teacher encourages him. When Jack's dog dies, he uses poetry to cope with the loss.

Personal Reaction:
It was a short and easy read.

Classroom Extensions:
1. Let the students start a poetry journal for extra credit.
2. Have the students find their favorite poem and explain why.
  a.houck | Apr 16, 2016 |
This is a book of poems written from the perspective of a young boy named Jack. They are weekly poems he writes for class while they are learning about poetry. At first he is hesitant, saying he doesn't write poetry because that's a thing that boys do. He doesn't think his poems are really poems, and he feels like they are only words. They read The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams and he writes his own version about a blue car that speeds by. When his teacher asks him why the blue car is important, he doesn't want to explain because he doesn't feel like he should have to. As the book progresses, he finds more and more things he enjoys about poetry. He allows his teacher to post his poems anonymously at first, and later allows her to post them with his name. He finds his favorite poem, Love That Boy by Walter Dean Myers. He writes his own poem inspired by Walter Dean Myers, and his teacher convinces him to contact the author and invite him to visit their school. Jack writes poems about his dog, Sky, that he loved so much. He wrote a poem describing the excitement of adopting Sky. Later, Jack writes a poem describing the day that he was playing with Sky in his front yard when his dad came home from work. A blue car came speeding down the street and hit Sky, and the dog died. Jack allowed his teacher to post his poem, even though he thought it would make others sad. Walter Dean Myers agrees to visit Jack's school, and he is thrilled. He makes his teacher take down the poem he wrote that was inspired by Myers. After the visit went so well, he felt confident enough with his poetry that he sent Myers a letter thanking him for coming and included the poem he wrote that was inspired by his poem, Love That Boy, entitled Love That Dog.

Personal Reaction: I love this book. It's very sweet, and I love that it shows Jack's gradual appreciation for poetry. I feel like it also shows how writing can help you deal with difficult things, like the loss of a family pet.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Have students write their own versions of the poems that Jack was learning about. Start a weekly poetry journal.
2. Students can write letters to their favorite author, and share something inspired by their work.
3. Have students find a poem written by an anonymous author, and write a journal entry about why that author may have been listed anonymously. ( )
  ClaudiaNormand | Apr 4, 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

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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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