Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

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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. With classic poetry included in the back matter, this provides the perfect resource for teachers and students alike.

"I guess it does
look like a poem
when you see it
typed up
like that."

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. Supports the Common Core State Standards


About Sharon Creech

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Sharon Creech was on born July 29, 1945 in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. She was in college when she took literature and writing courses and became intrigued by story-telling. Later, she was a teacher (high school English and writing) in England and in Switzerland. Her novel Walk Two Moons received in 1995 Newbery Medal; The Wanderer was a 2001 Newbery Honor book and Ruby Holler received the 2002 Carnegie Medal. In 2007, Heartbeat was a finalist in the Junior Division (4th to 6th grades) of the Young Reader's Choice Awards, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Library Association. She has written over 15 fiction novels for young readers. She is married to Lyle Rigg, who is the headmaster of The Pennington School in Pennington, New Jersey, and have two grown children, Rob and Karin.
Published December 23, 2014 by HarperCollins. 128 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference. Fiction

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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.

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Publishers Weekly

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Wolf's (Party of Five) bright, boyish voice brings to life Creech's novel-in-free-verse about a student's enlightening year of course work. As school

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If poetry is to boys what math is (or used to be) to girls, then Sharon Creech's new novel isn't only a memorable book, it's also a needed one.

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Publishers Weekly

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The culmination of Jack's great year is a classroom visit from Mr. Walter Dean Myers, who wrote what Jack considers "the best best BEST/ poem/ ever," called "Love That Boy," a selection that has become the boy's biggest inspiration.

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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.

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Love That Dog is a wonderful and charming children’s novel featuring the poems of a student named Jack, who is in Miss Stretchberry’s class, Room 105.

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Common Sense Media

I have to be honest - the first time I read this book, I didn't like it.

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But Jack has to find a way to come to grips with poetry, because his teacher loves the stuff and keeps giving the class poetry assignments.

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In Miss Stretchberry’s room, number 105, Jack writes, “I don’t want to/ because boys/ don’t write poetry./ Girls do.” But slowly his resistance lessens.

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