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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
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Love That Dog (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Sharon Creech (Author)

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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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Title:Love That Dog
Authors:Sharon Creech (Author)
Info:HarperCollins (2001), Edition: 1, 128 pages
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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (2001)

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A quick read, this book is poignant: both heartbreaking and heartfelt. ( )
  bookwyrmqueen | Oct 25, 2021 |
Love That Dog is a book in the form of a free-verse journal written by the main character, Jack. Jack is a fourth grader, resistant to writing and to poetry--insisting "it's for girls" but his encouraging teacher motivates him to experiment with the format. There is sort of a story within the story as the class reads classic poems together and tries to identify and replicate certain style elements of the various forms and authors. As Jack gains confidence he also begins to see that expressing himself in his journal allows him to process some grief over the death of his dog. This is such a sweet and touching story. I love the way Sharon Creech is able to write from a child's point of view so authentically and poignantly.
  EricaReynolds | Jul 15, 2021 |
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 |
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For
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.
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Sky was just there in the road lying on his side with his legs bent funny and his side heaving
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