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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: Reprint, 128 pages
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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (2001)

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Jack has a teacher this school year that wants him to write poetry but he doesn't like poetry and he has some opinions and misconceptions about poems. His teacher, Miss Stretchberry is definitely calling him to task. Jack continues to write his poem and fix and add and change things, but he is not happy about it. As his journal shows, he does have questions and starts to understand poetry and Miss Stretchberry's comments definitely help Jack to be come the poet, he didn't know he was or that he wanted to be. ( )
  tlauermann | Jul 7, 2024 |
A young guy named Jack (maybe 10 or 11 years old) initially resists his teacher's request that he writes poems because "boys don't write poems, girls do." But as the book (which is made up entirely of Jack's poems) goes on, Jack figures out the secret of writing poems ("just make the lines short"). So, through poetry, he shares the story of his deceased dog and his love of author and fellow poet Walter Dean Myers.

A very quick read. Funny and sad. Sharon Creech seems to get into the head of her main character and let him write great poetry without making him sound overly sophisticated. The book also features some famous poems (e.g. William Carlos Williams and Robert Frost), which are alluded to in the text and included in full in the back of the book. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
Nobody warned us but the dog is dead in this book. ( )
  FamiliesUnitedLL | Nov 17, 2023 |
This is a story in poems of a boy who hates poetry working through his poetry assignments and coming to love some poetry. This sounds way less interesting than the story is for through his poems he also asks a favorite poet to come visit his school and he does! He also tells through several stories about the dog he had and loved and who died. I would put the reading as good for probably 3rd to 5th or even 6th grade. It would be a good option for a reluctant poet since the main character is also a reluctant poet.
  BudgieSansWings | Jul 6, 2023 |
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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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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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Student finds his voice / Poems bear personal truths / New verse reflects soul. (hiki)

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