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.
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
Love that book...
love that book :)
Can't think of anything other than Crash by Spinelli and The Tiger Rising by DiCamillo because the main characters seem like they could be the same kid.
I teach small groups and they all were interested and glad to be able to hear it all in one sitting. It was also used later for a whole class listen and discussion.