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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Love That Dog (original 2001; edition 2003)

by Sharon Creech, William Steig (Illustrator), Alicia Mikles (Designer)

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Title:Love That Dog
Authors:Sharon Creech
Other authors:William Steig (Illustrator), Alicia Mikles (Designer)
Info:Scholastic Trade (2003), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 86 pages
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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (2001)


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This delightful book is written in the form of a poetry journal of a little boy Jack who is a reluctant poet. The poetry is mostly free-verse, although a it also includes a concrete poem. There are many mentions of popular poets and poems such as Robert Frost and William Carlos Williams.

It was a very quick read, but brought up many emotions – happiness when the Myers comes to visit the school and I cried when he wrote the poem about his dog dying. This is a great book for anyone to read but especially for a reluctant reader and a reluctant poet!
  daniellegirard | Jul 11, 2019 |
Jack reminds me of my eleven year old son. Unsure of his talents, Jack doesn't want to write poetry. the story is told in a series of poems given as a class assignment. At first Jack doesn't want to put emotion behind his writing but as the story progresses he becomes more comfortable and puts his heart out there. Very sweet read. ( )
  DJLunchlady91404 | May 24, 2019 |
Teague and I read this together, and we both really liked it. It was fun to find the poems that we referenced through the book in the back when we were done. We are going to read "Hate that Cat," next. ( )
  LMJenkins | Nov 28, 2018 |
A young boy named Jack learns about poetry from his teacher and his dog. The poems are written in Jacks point of view. He learns to love poetry. ( )
  mnh98 | Nov 19, 2018 |
Great read, author does a great job of making this appropriate for children's literature. Powerful ending, super sad. ( )
  Kwegehaupt | Nov 14, 2018 |
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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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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

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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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