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Amy Schmidt

Author of Dog-Gone School

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Works by Amy Schmidt


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This biography of one of the few women in her generation to devote herself entirely to the pursuit of meditation also includes Dipa Ma's spiritual teachings, which have made her a major figure in contemporary Buddhism.
PSZC | 4 other reviews | Mar 29, 2019 |
Summary: A perfectly balanced mix of poetry partnered with the perfectly delightful subject of dogs. Simple poems meant to entertain, that also help children think about dogs in a fresh descriptive way. The pictures of real dogs partnered with well-crafted poems makes this book worth looking at.

Personal Response: I picked this book off of the shelf because I loved the cover. It shows a Boston Terrier blowing a big pink bubble. I was choosing books for National Poetry Month and this one caught my eye. Inside, the pictures and poetry only got better. I shared it with my mentor, and she wanted to buy it after she had passed through the library and heard me reading a couple of the poems to a group of second graders. I think I will buy this one for her as a gift for being my mentor this year.

Curriculum Connection: I read two poems from this book to all of my 2nd-6th graders this week. They had to respond to each of the poems and write about the image that came to their minds when I read the poems. I got great responses. I read The Battle of the Bone which was about two Chihuahuas fighting over a bone, and I read Clean Dog, Smelly Dog: A Tail of Woe. I ended up reading several more poems from this book because the kids did not want me to stop. I even had a third grade boy use this book for his poetry project where he is creating a “copycat” poem. I will definitely be pulling this book off the shelf each April for National Poetry Month.
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rjrubylou | 4 other reviews | Apr 7, 2017 |
In my opinion, “Dog-Gone School” is a great attention-grabbing poetry book for children. My favorite thing about this book is the illustrations. To be specific, in the poem “SLURP,” a dog is pictured standing on a tall stack of books, leaning on top of the water fountain in order to get a drink. In this case, children may get a good laugh at this image of a dog piling up books and standing on them. Also, the detailed language and word choice is an essential contribution to this book. Using academic language such as, “saxophone wails,” “tuba bellows,” and “trumpet whines,” shows a perfect example of strong vocabulary and descriptive language. I think the main idea of this book is to get children excited about school, through the use of humor and dogs.… (more)
Ebutzn1 | 2 other reviews | Sep 28, 2014 |
In my opinion this is a good book. I liked the authors writing style because it was well-organized, in the fact that while going through the book, each poem regarded a different school subject and went in the order of a real school day. Also, each poem was unique in some way, and all of the poems required the reader to think about whatever school subject the poem was focused on. For example, the “Adding Up” poem required the reader to add, and the “Spellbound” poem required the reader to complete a word with the missing letter. Another reason I liked this book is because of the pictures on every page of funny dogs. While I personally am not a dog person, I know majority of people are, and children especially would love the real pictures of dogs dressed up in glasses and school attire. Each dog was different, too, so a lot of children would probably compare one or a few of the dogs in the books to their own. The main idea of this book is to get children excited for school.… (more)
eobend1 | 2 other reviews | Sep 18, 2014 |

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