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Publisher's Summary

From Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help one another survive loss and recapture love.

Teddy is a gifted dog. Raised in a cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he grew up listening to sonnets read aloud and the comforting clicking of a keyboard. Although Teddy understands words, Sylvan always told him there are only two kinds of people in the world who can hear Teddy speak: poets and children.

Then, one day Teddy learns that Sylvan was right. When Teddy finds Nickel and Flora trapped in a snowstorm, he tells them that he will bring them home - and they understand him. The children are afraid of the howling wind but not of Teddy's words. They follow him to a cabin in the woods, where the dog used to live with Sylvan...only now his owner is gone.

As they hole up in the cabin for shelter, Teddy is flooded with memories of Sylvan. What will Teddy do when his new friends go home? Can they help one another find what they have lost?

©2016 Patricia MacLachlan (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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what a beautiful and touching story

The book was charming and unexpected. I was nearly brought to tears. The story flowed easily and beautifully. My students loved it.

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Touching

This story is so toughing. It shows true love of a man and a dog. I have never seen such a wonderful story.