With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack's point of view, Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course...a dog.
©2001 Sharon Creech; (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers
"Readers will love that dog, and this book." (Publishers Weekly)
"Creech has created a poignant, funny picture of a child's encounter with the power of poetry....This book is a tiny treasure." (School Library Journal)
This fun little book made me thankful for teachers like the fictional Mrs. Stretchberry who inspire their students. Scott Wolf's narration is perfect and really helps make it work.
I enjoy reading inspiring books
I use it to teach plot: narrative elements and theme. I can then pull it back out for the poetry unit. The audio version added to the experience.
Miss Stretchberry..........model of what teachers strive to do
I love the entire book. However, when Jack wants to learn to "type" I get excited as he is taking responsibility for his own learning. This is huge for a student and one I always point out to my own class.
Yes ...but that would be a spoiler
I have used "Love That Dog" as a read loud in second and third grade. It works even better in sixth grade, as the depth of meaning, and literary devices can be discussed more effectively. It is a book that almost every student can relate to.
love that book :)
Can't think of anything other than Crash by Spinelli and The Tiger Rising by DiCamillo because the main characters seem like they could be the same kid.
I teach small groups and they all were interested and glad to be able to hear it all in one sitting. It was also used later for a whole class listen and discussion.
Scott Wolf does a fantastic job! While the story doesn't have much of a plot, I was entertained the whole way through.
There are many memorable points throughout this story, since it's sort of about a young school boy learning about himself and becoming an author ... the most memorable point is probably near the end...
I didn't come away with any particular "inspiration" from this story, nor find it an enthralling; but it is still worth the read if you're looking for a short simple story for entertainment.
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