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Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
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Nov 17, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: poetry

I was able to listen to the CD Audio version of this story told by actor Scott Wolf. It was quite different listening to this story versus reading it, especially since in the written format, you are able to see how Jack is writing his poems. Although it is missing this component, Scott Wolf reads the book as if Jack is speaking. We can hear him struggling to find words, as well as the building of confidence in his voice.

After reading Love That Dog years ago, I was excited for this companion story. Also written as a novel in verse, we continue to hear of the main character, Jack's revelations of poetry. Similar to Love That Dog, he is inspired of occurrences from his own life, specifically the loss of his dog and his hatred for a neighborhood car. I loved the integration of Jack's story, as well as the undertone learning of poetic form, such as alliteration and onomatopoeia! It is a great story for reluctant poetry writers! It gives all writers' ideas that you have the power to create your own poetry if you find your inspiration within yourself. It's a wonderful story for all young writers!

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Ruth I would recommend reading the book format to this story, or to read and listen at the same time. In addition, there is nothing as powerful as the voice of a third grader reading and discussing this book aloud!

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