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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
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Jan 13, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: dogs, middle-grade, poetry

A young guy named Jack (maybe 10 or 11 years old) initially resists his teacher's request that he writes poems because "boys don't write poems, girls do." But as the book (which is made up entirely of Jack's poems) goes on, Jack figures out the secret of writing poems ("just make the lines short"). So, through poetry, he shares the story of his deceased dog and his love of author and fellow poet Walter Dean Myers.

A very quick read. Funny and sad. Sharon Creech seems to get into the head of her main character and let him write great poetry without making him sound overly sophisticated. The book also features some famous poems (e.g. William Carlos Williams and Robert Frost), which are alluded to in the text and included in full in the back of the book.

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Kathy Try reading "Locomotion" for a similar idea

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