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.


Sharon Creech said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this book and that I stumbled upon your blog!

Kim said...

I absolutely love this book. I read it with my 5th graders for read aloud during a poetry unit and we studied each poem as well. Never fails though- I cried at the end and we had to take a moment for me to regroup and finish! :)

Faith said...

To tell you the truth I'm only 10 years old and I LOVE BOOKS! I love reading them but mostly novels. I love a good novel to read and I have heard the name of a book called "love That Dog" and I like it so far I really recommend you read this wonderful book!