Love That Dog

by Sharon Creech

Paperback, 2003



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PB Cre


Scholastic Trade (2003), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 86 pages


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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86 p.; 7.5 inches


0439569869 / 9780439569866



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LibraryThing member leighanngoodwill
This is a story about poetry that is written in poems in the style of a journal. Jack is the author of the journal and he is a little boy who says he hates poetry and that boys don't write poetry. However, he is surprised to find that he really enjoys writing poetry and that he often writes it without even realizing that he's writing poetry. He is especially inspired by a poet named Walter Dean Myers.… (more)
LibraryThing member tlcalderon4
Written as the journal entries of Jack in Miss Stretchberry’s class, Love That Dog is a short but engaging book. The first page asks readers to infer the assignment with “I don’t want to because boys don’t write poetry. Girls do.” The text on each page is minimal for a novel but the words carry enough weight to engage readers, who must actively question themselves since they are only given one side of the conversation between teacher and student. Readers go on to witness the change in Jack as his teacher introduces him to more poetry until he becomes comfortable enough to express his feelings for his long lost dog Sky.… (more)
LibraryThing member readasaurus
I love using this book with late elementary/middle school students who whine at the beginning of a Poetry unit. The main character Jack is like so many of my students who think that "poetry is for girls." This book tells a great story and can serve as a template when teaching different styles of poetry. More than anything, it's a great read.… (more)
LibraryThing member cjfox73
Funny, refreshing and easily accessible. This book will turn lots of kids on to poetry who might have thought they didn't like it. The author does a good job telling the funny and sad things that happen in lfe side by side.
LibraryThing member smpenni
This is a charming book of poetry, about poetry. In a poem a boy expresses his disinterest in poetry through poems, then makes surprising revelation. It's not your typical book of poems!
LibraryThing member r13
A great read aloud, use for teaching how to write personal journals and poetry.
LibraryThing member AnArtsNotebook
Last April, mi Pablo es morte. So I carried this sweet, touching, simple yet powerful little yellow book around with me all night and drank Puerto Rican rum drinks in his honor. I doubt that's what Sharon Creech had in mind when she wrote this novel via poetry book.
LibraryThing member dee_kohler
Loved this book, little boy is writing back and forth to his teacher. She wants him to write poetry, he doesn't want to, doesn't like poetry or understand it. As the writing back and forth goes on we see a sad event in the boy's life is uncovered and by being able to write about it, his life grows in many ways.
LibraryThing member linseymomof2
This book is about a little boy that thinks that poetry is just for girls and that boys should not write poetry. He then starts to write poetry and even enjoys it later. He even gets to meet his favorite poet and that is very important to him.
LibraryThing member wiremonkey
Short and sweet and beautiful and a perfect introduction to poetry for kids.
LibraryThing member crystalr
I liked the book because it shows students that writting can be fun. and that not to be afraid of writting an author or somebody famous. Believe and have faith in your self
LibraryThing member readingrat
I love the way the story gradually unfolds through a young boy's thoughts and poems.
LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
This is a great book for teaching children about poetry and just a great book to read. Sharon Creech weaves together a story about a boy's dog, writing poetry, and a poet, skillfully, and enjoyably. A story about the boy's dog is slowly revealed to us to a sad conclusioin, though our other themes reach happier conclusions.
LibraryThing member abbylibrarian
Jack doesn't like poetry. It's boring and it doesn't make any sense. Who cares about a red wheelbarrow and a white chicken? But as the weeks go by and he keeps writing about his own life through poems in his class journal, Jack begins to learn that poetry's not quite as confusing or irrelevant as he'd first thought.

A gem of a book. Touching and hilarious. Great for fans of poetry and people who don't think they are fans of poetry (but soon will be).… (more)
LibraryThing member Mluke04
Love That Dog is written as a young boy's poetry journal. He tries new ways to write poetry as his teacher teaches him. As well as being the genre of the book, presenting the book as a poetry journal is effective because the reader gets to see the boy as he grows in his appreciation of poetry and his willingness to share his work. Poetry soon becomes the boy's way to release feelings of hurt and sadness. The reader is really able to relate to the boy because they are reading his journal.
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LibraryThing member jmeggan
This book is amazing. I have already read it three times and I could continue to read it over and over again.
LibraryThing member athenamilis
This is now one of my all-time favorite books! This story is about a young student named Jack who writes to his teacher Mrs. Stretchberry in journal and poetry form. His poems slowly describe what happened to his beloved dog. The student learns to like poetry and becomes deeply inspired by the poet Walter Dean Myers. I cannot think of any of the weakness of this book except that I wish it were longer and I wish there were more books written in the same style. I feel that elementary, middle, and high school students would enjoy reading this short novel. I can't wait to read it to my 10th grade English students before we study poetry. It can be used to show the power of poetry to help us deal with life's difficulties and the students would be able to relate to dreading poetry before they get into it.… (more)
LibraryThing member bkoopman
Written in poem form. A very quick read that is good to help understand poetry as narrative. To be appreciated, because of the poetry, this book is best for a read aloud. Ideally, students would also have their own copies so that they can appreciate the format of the poetry. Kids love this story.
LibraryThing member francescadefreitas
I loath book about pets that die, and surely enough yellow dogs have kicked it in the name of art. But I enjoyed the style of this story - it is told in poems written by Jack. Jack doesn't like the idea of writing poetry, but has to for school, and we read as he grows to enjoy reading and writing poetry, he even starts to encourage others.

I'm not a big fan of poetry myself, and I was tickled that Jack shared my opinion of Robert Frost, and that the poem that first caught his attention was one of my favourites by William Blake.
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LibraryThing member TheDivineOomba
I read this book based on a couple of review, and I was not disappointed. A boy is forced to write poetry by his teacher, and its amazing how much feeling the boy can put into one simple page of poetry "for example "I do not like Poetry. Poetry is for girls" or this from later in the book: "well, you can post it if you want, but don't put my name on it". This is a book for lovers, and non-lovers of poetry of all ages.… (more)
LibraryThing member EKAnderson
In one of his first poems, Jack writes about a blue car, upon which so much depends, in the style of William Carlos Williams. When asked for an explanation, he refuses to divulge any information. He also does not want to write about pets, as he no longer has one. But Miss Stretchberry eventually coaxes a story out of him, and as Jack's confidence grows, he finds himself sharing work with the class, and even writing a poem-letter to Walter Dean Meyers, his new favorite writer. Love That Dog chronicles a year-long assignment completed by Jack, a student in Miss Stretchberry's class, who does not want to write poetry. This is a novel-in-verse composed by Jack, who address his teacher at first with reluctance, and then with curiosity as he finds that he enjoys some of the poetry that Miss Stretchberry reads in class. The voice of Jack is perfect, and Creech cleverly implies a dialogue with just his work. Jack's story is touching, fun, and encouraging - it's perfect for a classroom discussion or a rainy day on the couch.… (more)
LibraryThing member Riley1878
This is a great book! It has a wonderful example for a technique to use in the classroom to teach poetry.
LibraryThing member PigOfHappiness
A short but bittersweet story written in verse. Jack doesn't think boys should write poetry, that is of course, until he finds his inspiration in Walter Dean Myer's work and his own personal experience. A touching read. Appropriate for fourth grade and beyond...
LibraryThing member stharp
This is not really a clear book on poetry. As well written as it is, the genre leaves a lot to be desired as it is a very sketchy representation of poetic writing.
LibraryThing member isaacfellows
Love this book. It makes poetry come alive. Doing a circle reading of the whole book with older elementary children would be fun.




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