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5.0 out of 5 starswonderful
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2016
Each week I send a letter and a book to one of my eight grandchildren (7-12). I read many children's books, which don't make the grade for structure, style, content, and interest. When I saw this one, I didn't recognize the author. Silly me. Reading this book, I felt something familiar. Later, I learned she is the author of Sarah, Plain and Tall, an all-time favorite. However, The Poet's Dog fresh and new. It is destined to be a classic which I will send to the younger of my grands (7, 8, 9) without reservation. There is nothing in this book which could be seen as objectionable to anyone. Plus, it refers to some great literature and offers up some nice bits of poetry. Well done Patricia MacLachlan.
5.0 out of 5 starsHeartwarming Canine and Children
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2016
Patricia MacLauchlan never disappoints her readers. This brief but poignant tale will warm the hearts of those who read it. Whether you’re a poet or a child or both, “The Poet’s Dog” will speak to you. My husband Jim is a poet, so the title intrigued him. The writing is simple, but the message is fairly complex. When he asked me what age group would read “The Poet’s Tale” and I thought of first graders who are good readers, he said the content was certainly above that of a first grader. I agree. Even upper elementary school students will enjoy this tale of two children, Flora and Nickel, ‘abandoned’ in the snow and rescued by Teddy, the poet’s dog. The ending is charming; this author has a gift for stories that end as we wish they would. As always, MacLaughlan’s beautiful language proves that it’s content, not length. that makes for enduring literature.
5.0 out of 5 starsMacLachlan’s writing is both uncomplicated and beautiful in its simplicity
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2016
It was in searching for the customary Christmas gift of “something to read” that I came across The Poet’s Dog. I was hunting based on arbitrary criteria: can be read by a seven-year-old, of interest to a seven-year-old, and will be appreciated by the adult who must go along for the bedtime-story ride. Not only was the criteria met, but I think that MacLachlan’s book exceeded both the expectations of the seven-year-old and the adult.
The Poet’s Dog begins in the midst of a snowstorm when a large Irish wolfhound named Teddy finds two lost children. Teddy is also lost, as his owner’s whereabouts are unknown, but he brings the children – Nickel and Flora – to the safety of a small cabin he shares with his owner, Sylvan. Sylvan is a poet, which imparts on him the ability to speak with Teddy. Children, apparently by the nature of their innocent acceptance, also share this ability, and so Teddy tells Nickel and Flora of the life he shared with Sylvan as they all ride out the storm together, waiting to be discovered and saved.
MacLachlan’s writing is both uncomplicated and beautiful in its simplicity, which appeals to young and older readers alike. She also brings the sometimes-overlooked genre of poetry to the doorstep of the reader and invites us in to Sylvan’s humble life amongst words and nature. Within her gentle prose, she captures the special bond between children and animals that is often suspected but can never truly be confirmed. What child hasn’t sought the safety and comfort of a beloved animal to unburden his or her little soul? There are some practical details to the novel that an adult reader can get hung up with – mainly why is Teddy left to his own devices in a cabin in the middle of the woods when he has a human guardian? And why is Sylvan’s decline so sudden and yet at the same time anticipated? But the youthful reader will be unperturbed by such questions and focus intently on the slowly unraveled wintertime destiny that brings Teddy to Nickel and Flora.
If you like poetry, dogs, and Patricia MacLachlan, you will love this little book. I taught school and taught poetry and I have loved MacLachlan’s other books so I was intrigued. After I read it I decided it would be totally appropriate next to the bed in our guest bedroom as it is just a sweet story for a guest to read before they nod off for a good night’s rest. I would recommend for late elementary & middle school children for sure.
this is the best book in the world man! I love this story and how it is heartwarming and kind. I do not dead many books but this one is the best I am so going to tell this to everyone!!!!!!!!! 👏👏👏👏👏👍👍👍👍👍👍👌👌😀😁😀😁😀😁😀😁😀😀☺😉 Patricia MacLachlan is the best author ever!!!!!
5.0 out of 5 starsSmall book: Powerful message. Every dog lover should read this and rediscover once again why we love our fur kids so much.
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
Powerful message in a small book. Bought for my 8 year old niece. After reading it, bought a few more copies for adult friends. Wonderfully written; poignant; thought provoking. Highly recommend for all ages !!!
Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2018
I originally bought this book for my 14 year old son as an "antidote" for some darker stuff he was reading. I loved the book so much that I then bought copies as gifts for two friends. It's a sweet story to read to small kids who will enjoy the talking dog and resourceful children aspect and so beautiful for adults who have loved a dog and/or who have experienced any sort of loss.
I wish I could give this wonderful book 6 stars. Lost children, a rescue dog, a poet, all ingredients for a fine story written by an accomplished author. I especially loved that the story is told from the dog's point of view. Kids will gobble this book up and read it over and over. That is if they can get it away from the adults. like Patricia MacLachlan's Sarah Plain and Tall, this book is timeless and will be read by many generations of readers.
Such a lovely book. And the way she describes the dog is so beautiful, its like I can really see him. I really think dogs do talk to their masters, if not in words, then through their eyes. The children are perfectly adorable and strangely are not hysterical in a scary situation. A beautiful book that I will recommend to every dog lover