The Resource Love that dog
- Love that dog
- Statement of responsibility
- Sharon Creech
- 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
- ALA Notable Children's Book, 2002
- Claudia Lewis Award, 2002.
- Great Stone Face Children's Book Award (New Hampshire), 2003.
- Land of Enchantment Book Award (New Mexico), Young Adult category, 2004.
- Maine Student Book Award, 2003.
- Mitten Award (Michigan), 2001.
- New York Times Notable Children's Book, 2001
- School Library Journal Best Books, 2001.
- Gr. 3-6. In simple free verse, Jack tells his teacher that he cares nothing about poetry and sees no point in that snowy woods stuff: “Why doesn’t the person just / keep going if he’s got / so many miles to go before he sleeps?”. But despite himself, he’s enraptured by what his teacher is reading: the beat of “Tiger, tiger burning bright” just won’t go away. At the same time, he’s writing poetry in his own voice about himself, culminating in a breathtaking poem about what happened to his beloved dog. At the end, Creech overdoes Jack’s fawning adoration of author Walter Dean Myers, who comes to school at Jack’s behest, but that won’t stop kids from recognizing both Jack’s new exuberance and his earlier uptight mood. Best of all, the story shows how poetry inspires reading and writing with everyday words that make personal music. This is a book for teachers to read aloud and talk about with kids. Some of the poems Jack’s teacher reads are appended, including Myers’ wonderful “Love That Boy.” (Reviewed August 1, 2001) -- Hazel Rochman
- Gr 4-8 –A boy's growing appreciation of poetry and his coming to grips over the loss of his dog gently unfolds in this affecting story. Told with immediacy and candor, and related in free verse, it's a love song that speaks to the healing power of self-expression. (Aug.) --Trev Jones, Luann Toth, Marlene Charnizon, Daryl Grabarek, and Joy Fleishhacker (Reviewed December 1, 2001) (School Library Journal, vol 47, issue 12, p44)
- /* Starred Review */ In last year's Fishing in the Air , Creech took a spare, metaphorical approach to a father-son relationship. Here she examines the bond between a boy and his dog to create an ideal homage to the power of poetry and those who write it.The volume itself builds like a poem. Told exclusively through Jack's dated entries in a school journal, the book opens with his resistance to writing verse: "September 13/ I don't want to/ because boys/ don't write poetry./ Girls do." Readers sense the gentle persistence of Jack's teacher, Miss Stretchberry, behind the scenes, from the poems she reads in class and from her coaxing, to which the boy alludes, until he begins to write some poems of his own. One by William Carlos Williams, for instance, inspires Jack's words: "So much depends/ upon/ a blue car/ splattered with mud/ speeding down the road." A Robert Frost poem sends Jack into a tale (in verse) of how he found his dog, Sky. At first, his poems appear to be discrete works. But when a poem by Walter Dean Myers ("Love That Boy" from Brown Angels ) unleashes the joy Jack felt with his pet, he becomes even more honest in his poetry. Jack's next work is cathartic: all of his previous verses seemed to be leading up to this pièce de résistance, an admission of his profound grief over Sky's death. He then can move on from his grief to write a poem ("inspired by Walter Dean Myers") about his joy at having known and loved his dog.As in any great poem, the real story surfaces between the lines. From Jack's entries, readers learn how unobtrusively his teacher guides him to poems he can collect and emulate, and how patiently she convinces him to share his own work. By exposing Jack and readers to the range of poems that moves Jack (they appear at the back of the book), Creech conveys a life truth: pain and joy exist side by side. For Jack and for readers, the memory of that dog lives on in his poetry. Readers will love that dog, and this book. Ages 8-12. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 18, 2001) (Publishers Weekly, vol 248, issue 25, p82)
- /* Starred Review */ Versatile Newbery Medalist Creech (A Fine, Fine School, p. 862, etc.) continues to explore new writing paths with her latest, written as free verse from the viewpoint of a middle-school boy named Jack. Creech knows all about reluctant writers from her own years of teaching, and she skillfully reveals Jack's animosity toward books and poetry, and especially about writing his own poems. He questions the very nature of poetry, forcing the reader to think about this question, too. Jack's class assignments incorporate responses to eight well-known poems (included in an appendix) and gradually reveal the circumstances, and Jack's hidden feelings, about the loss of his beloved dog. Jack's poetry grows in length, complexity, and quality from September to May, until he proudly sends his best poem about his dog and a heartfelt thank-you poem to Walter Dean Myers after the author's school visit. The inclusion of the eight poems is an advantage, because comments on the poems are often part of Jack's poetry. Others not already familiar with these famous poems, though, might miss the allusions in Jack's work. (There is no note at the beginning of the book to point the reader to the appendix.) But it's a quick read, offering a chance to go back and look again. Teachers will take this story to heart, recognizing Miss Stretchberry's skilled and graceful teaching and Jack's subtle emotional growth both as a person and a writer. This really special triumph is bound to be widely discussed by teachers and writers, and widely esteemed by Creech's devoted readers. (Fiction/poetry. 9-13) (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2001)
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- pre adolescent
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