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Love That Dog (2001)

by Sharon Creech

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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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Plot Summary: Love That Dog is the humorous, endearing story
of second grade boy who discovers a hidden potential and love
for poetry. Jack starts out explaining to Mrs. Stretchberry, his
teacher that boys do not write poetry, and that he has no desire
to do so. He starts out not understanding the importance of
some classic poems she read to them, and begins to imitate
them for fun. Jack is shocked when Mrs. Stretchberry asks him
if she can put one of his poems on the blackboard. At first he
refuses, but she convinces Jack on another poem. As Jack’s
exposure to poetry continues, he begins to write more and more
poems, which are put on the blackboard for the class to see. He
eventually opens up and begins to tell of his love for his dog
Sky, that has passed away. Eventually, Jack allows Mrs.
Stretchberry to put his name on the poem that is on the board.
He feels embarrassed, yet pleased at the compliments of his
classmates. Mrs. Stretchberry asks Jack to write to Mr. Walter
Dean Meyers, one of the poets they read from (and that Jack
imitated), to ask him to come visit their school. Mr. Meyers
wrote a poem titled, “Love That Boy”. Jack hesitantly writes
back, not expecting him to care about the request of a young
schoolboy. To his class’s delight, Mr. Meyers comes to their
school, and the entire class enjoys poetry and brownies with the
author. The book ends with a thank you letter from Jack to Mr.
Meyers, thanking him for the visit, and a copy of his poem,
“Love that Dog”.
  stwombly | Apr 25, 2021 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
I read this book in its entirety during my lunch break. It's a really easy read, in that it's short and simple, but it's not all that easy in that it's an emotional story about a kid who lost his dog and found the poetry of Walter Dean Myers. The content is made up of the free verse poetry that our protagonist is handing in to his teacher every week, from not wanting to write poetry at all, to being so inspired by a poet that he sends Myers a letter asking him to visit their class. I loved it.
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  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
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Sharon Creechprimary authorall editionscalculated
Flusin, MarieIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krief, AnneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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