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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
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May 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: roser_top-25

Type of book: poetry/free verse
Intendend audience: middle school boys

In this book a boy is reading a poem by Walter Dean Myers and gets inspired to write his own poem about his dog. I really like watching the inspiration process. He guides us through what it is like to listen and listen and then suddenly be struck by inspiration that is all consuming, in this case, a Walter Dean Myers poem, Love That Boy, which is listed, along with the other poems, in the back of the book. My favorite part is the description of the bulletin board on page 77:
"The bulletin board
looks like it's
blooming words
with everybody's poems
up there
on all those
colored sheets of paper
yellow blue pink red green"

Note: There's an interesting commentary on plagiarism on page 49.
Second Note: I don't see how The Riger by William Blake rhymes. What dialect pronounces "eye" like "ee"? Conversely, who says "symmetry" with an "eye" sound?

--Poetry: page 37 has that art made out of words, which could be fun and the art poem The Apple in the back of the book.

Book Pairings:
--A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet (picture book: biographical fiction text about the poet)

Other Books in Verse, if they like it
--By the River
--Three Rivers Rising
--May B
--Things Left Unsaid
--Keesha's House
--Make Lemonade

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