Love That Dog

  • by Sharon Creech
  • Narrated by Scott Wolf
  • 0 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it, and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, won't stop giving her class poetry assignments, and Jack can't avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns he does have something to say. With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack's point of view, Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course...a dog.

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What the Critics Say



Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Children's Literature, 2002
"Readers will love that dog, and this book." (Publishers Weekly)
"Creech has created a poignant, funny picture of a child's encounter with the power of poetry....This book is a tiny treasure." (School Library Journal)

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Quirky, fun, and effective

This fun little book made me thankful for teachers like the fictional Mrs. Stretchberry who inspire their students. Scott Wolf's narration is perfect and really helps make it work.
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- Eric

Use this book in my classroom

What did you love best about Love That Dog?

I use it to teach plot: narrative elements and theme. I can then pull it back out for the poetry unit. The audio version added to the experience.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Miss Stretchberry..........model of what teachers strive to do


Which scene was your favorite?

I love the entire book. However, when Jack wants to learn to "type" I get excited as he is taking responsibility for his own learning. This is huge for a student and one I always point out to my own class.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes ...but that would be a spoiler


Any additional comments?

I have used "Love That Dog" as a read loud in second and third grade. It works even better in sixth grade, as the depth of meaning, and literary devices can be discussed more effectively. It is a book that almost every student can relate to.

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- Kathy D Thacker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2005
  • Publisher: HarperAudio