Friday, October 01, 2010
Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
I'm probably the last person to read this book but I'm glad I did. It's a short, free verse story about a boy is a good writer but doesn't quite want to admit it to himself or his teacher. Jack's teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, exposes him to a variety of poetry that he doesn't always understand, but she encourages him time and time again to try writing in different styles. When he happens on a poem by Walter Dean Myers that he actually relates to he writes his own poem in a similar style and dreams of meeting Walter Dean Myers in person. I think kids from 4th-6th grades would appreciate this book best in the classroom where a teacher could expose students to the poets that Jack's teacher is reading to his class. It's a deceptively simple book with lots of teachable moments.