The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan

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This is resolved in the best way possible and could, in the hands of a less refined writer, have become pat. MacLachlan’s treatment, however, is magical. A quiet, elegant, poignant story suffused with humor, heart, and goodness.
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From Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help one another survive loss and recapture love.

Teddy is a gifted dog. Raised in a cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he grew up listening to sonnets read aloud and the comforting clicking of a keyboard. Although Teddy understands words, Sylvan always told him there are only two kinds of people in the world who can hear Teddy speak: poets and children.

Then one day Teddy learns that Sylvan was right. When Teddy finds Nickel and Flora trapped in a snowstorm, he tells them that he will bring them home—and they understand him. The children are afraid of the howling wind, but not of Teddy’s words. They follow him to a cabin in the woods, where the dog used to live with Sylvan . . . only now his owner is gone.

As they hole up in the cabin for shelter, Teddy is flooded with memories of Sylvan. What will Teddy do when his new friends go home? Can they help one another find what they have lost?

 

About Patricia MacLachlan

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Author Patricia MacLachlan was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming on March 3, 1938. She received a B.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1962 and taught English at a junior high school until 1979. She began writing picture books and novels at the age of thirty-five. She won the Golden Kite Award for Arthur, for the Very First Time and the 1986 Newbery Medal for Sarah, Plain and Tall. Her other well-known books include The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt, Skylark, Journey, Baby, and Three Names. She currently lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts with her husband. Tim Jessell is the illustrator of many books for children. He lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with his wife and children.
 
Published September 13, 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books. 96 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on May 14 2016

This is resolved in the best way possible and could, in the hands of a less refined writer, have become pat. MacLachlan’s treatment, however, is magical. A quiet, elegant, poignant story suffused with humor, heart, and goodness.

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