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Love That Dog

Love That Dog

Book - 2001
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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
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2001
ISBN: 9780060292898
Characteristics: 86 p. ; 21 cm


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LibraryWAS Apr 24, 2020

I love this book. I have even read it several times. Jack is in Mrs. Stretchberry's reading class and she is teaching them poetry this school year. They have a journal to record in that they share with her and we assume she writes comments back. We only hear Josh's voice in the book.
Well, Josh does not like poetry. He doesn't get it and he thinks it's for girls. I related to this, not thinking it's for girls, but not understanding or liking poetry. I felt that way in school too. Anyway, the teacher charges her class with little assignments. As the year goes on you see Josh becoming a poet, growing confidence, and enjoying his own poems. It's inspiring to see how far he comes in the year and shares his story via his own poems. Highly recommended and a great book to use in school beginning a poetry unit.

Nov 18, 2019

This book, and the follow up Hate that Cat, will be what I use to teach poetry (I'm a homeschooling Mom). I love books that finally help me understand all those things that they tried to teach me in school 20 years ago - and, I don't even realize I'm learning it! Main character is so real, it is like reading a real child's school journal. Love, Love, Love.

Jun 30, 2019

Read this as a fifth grader this book hit me hard, I cried. Now reading this years later, it still resonates. Its amazing how simple the poems are but they have a lot of impact, to see a character's growth solely through his poem entries. it's a quick read but it lingers in your mind, especially if you had a pet as a child.

teal_librarian Jun 14, 2019

This is a very quick read with a lot of power! The development of the narrator as a poet and a more independent, confident kid is great. While parts are sad, the end is not. #PACL2019

Feb 14, 2018

I really liked this book. A boy is learning about poetry and begins to write his own in verse. Featured is his beloved, deceased yellow dog, Sky. Love the poems included in the back of the book which are referenced in the story. Recommended!

SCL_Heather Aug 08, 2017

Even if you're not a pet person (which I'm not) this is such a delightful read. I love this book for the emotional development of the boy and because it's such a an gentle and enticing introduction to poetry. But, before sure to have a tissue handy. I cry every darn time.

sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 8/10
Writing: 10/10
This book is quick, short, and easy to read, but it's also sad. Just be prepared for some feelings and have a bucket for tears.

JCLChrisK Feb 08, 2017

So short and simple;
so superb and skillful.

A character voice,
a conversation,
an introduction
to poetry,
an inspiration
by poetry,
all in one

No wonder it's so popular.

JCLEmilyD Feb 07, 2017

I finished LOVE THAT DOG by Sharon Creech in one sitting and I loved loved loved it! It is written in free verse and is a one-sided story from Jack written to his teacher about poetry. Jack writes about his yellow dog whom he loved loved loved. I've already started the next one HATE THAT CAT.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Jack hates poetry but loves his dog. His teacher insists the whole class, including Jack, write a poem each week. "Love That Dog" is way better than "Diary of a Wimpy Kid".

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tkitson Aug 03, 2013

can't i make up a pet- / a different one? / like a tiger? / or a hamster? / a goldfish? / turtle? / snail? / worm? / flea?

tkitson Aug 03, 2013

i don't want to / because boys / don't write poetry. / girls do.

Jul 24, 2012

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.

Jul 24, 2012

inside we walked / down a long cement path / past cages / with all kinds of / dogs / big and small / fat and skinny / some of them / hiding in the corner / but most of them / bark-bark-barking and / jumping up / against the wire cage / as we walked past / as if they were saying / _Me! Me! Choose me! / I’m the best one! _

Jun 25, 2012

Love that dog,
like a bird loves to fly
I said I love that dog
like a bird loves to fly
Love to call him in the morning
love to call him
“Hey there, Sky!”

Aug 04, 2011

"I tried. Can't do it. Brain's empty."


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