They say great things come in small packages. This book is no exception. Creech has written a book that a lot of kids will be able to relate to. The main character, Jack, hates poetry. He thinks it’s just for girls. But his caring and persistent teacher, Miss Stretchberry, keeps having them read and write poetry throughout the year, which is the time span of the book. The book is written as Jack’s poems to his teacher.
His poems start out as complaints to Miss Stretchberry about how he does not understand what the poems and poets are trying to say. When she asks his permission to type up the poems, he reluctantly agrees as long as she doesn’t put his name on them. When he sees them, he thinks:
They look nice
typed up like that
on blue paper
on a yellow board.
Soon, he’s writing poems about the poems that he likes, which inspire him to write more poems. In March, the teacher shares a poem by Walter Dean Myers, and Jack likes it so much (it reminded him of his Dad and his dog). Jack is so inspired by Walter Dean Myers (as many kids probably are!) that on April 17th, Jack writes him a letter asking him if he would have any time in his busy life to visit their school. To find out if Walter Dean Myers visits Jack’s school, read Love That Dog: A Novel by Sharon Creech.
Note: This would be a great book to use during a poetry unit to help inspire kids.
Genre: Realistic fiction
Tags: poems, poetry, school, boys, girls, animals, dogs
Author website: Sharon Creech
Walter Dean Myers website: Walter Dean Myers
Series: This book is not part of a series.
A/R Reading level: 4.1
Interest level: Grades 3-6
Link to Harvest Park Library catalog: Love That Dog: A Novel