Title: Love That Dog
Series: Jack, #1
Author: Sharon Creech
Publisher: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books
Publishing Date: September 17th 2001
Number of Pages: 96
Genre: Children’s Realistic Fiction, September 17th 2001
A ground-breaking novel about a boy’s growing interest in poetry as he finds his voice and tells his own story.
I don’t understand
The poem about
and the white chickens
and why so much depends upon
If that is a poem
about the red wheelbarrow
and the white chickens
then any words
can be a poem.
You’ve just got to
(overflowing question marks ahead because I can’t believe it???)
I found a new favorite book??? Like in a snap??? I went to Book Sale at around 1 or 2 pm and then bought it for only P25 (less than $1) because there’s a dog in the cover and it’s in verse, then read it around 4 pm at home and had a new favorite book in an instant??? Like wow??? What a feeling???
I never imagined that it is still possible for me to find a favorite children’s book at the age of 18. I mean, who would have thought that’s possible?
I devoured this treasure within 2 hours. It is such a small book with less than 100 pages. And the story is short but the feeling it gave me is not any less than what I usually feel whenever I was reading a full length novel. This book utilized every page and ink used in it efficiently which is not every full length novel can do.
This is about a young student named Jack who does not want to write poetry at first, thinking as a kid that poems were only for girls and he cannot do it. But soon, he started writing poems for their class with Miss Stretchberry and so his discovery of poetry began. This tells a young kid’s journey in trying to figure out what poetry is, in understanding poems and writing poems himself. About having a teacher everyone needs. And also his love for his dog and how he used this love and other emotions he felt in poetry.
I don’t want to
Don’t write poetry
I liked the detailed questions Jack has and his innocence. I have seen so much of the kid version of me in this kid, Jack. He is just cute and innocent and he felt so real. He doesn’t even know that what he had written was a poem. He thought it wasn’t a poem and that it only became a poem
I mean I also had the same thought when I was a kid, seriously.
I wish I had read this when I was younger–when I was just also at that phase of my life when poems feels almost impossible to write and read. Where I don’t know what “anonymous” means. Where I don’t know yet that I can pour my feelings in poetry.
Love That Dog also tells so much about the role of a teacher in a student’s life–especially the young students who have yet lot of things to learn about themselves and in this world and need a hand to guide them to know what path should they take now and when they grow up and help them discover their talents. Miss Stretchberry is the teacher the kid me needed.
How the dog-lover side of Jack was shown and how it played in the story is so special to me. I even learned how to love the dog, Sky, in such a short time. This could set a good example for kids with regard to having animals, specifically a dog, and share lessons from Sky and Jack’s story. This is one of the books I will make my future kids read.
Overall, I highly recommend this to kids or teens and even adults who love poetry and dogs at the same time. No matter what your age is, this children’s book could capture your heart. Love This Book.
I was born in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and grew up there with my noisy and rowdy family: my parents (Ann and Arvel), my sister (Sandy), and my three brothers (Dennis, Doug and Tom).
For a fictional view of what it was like growing up in my family, see Absolutely Normal Chaos. (In that book, the brothers even have the same names as my own brothers.) Our house was not only full of us Creeches, but also full of friends and visiting relatives.
In the summer, we usually took a trip, all of us piled in a car and heading out to Wisconsin or Michigan or, once, to Idaho. We must have been a very noisy bunch, and I’m not sure how our parents put up with being cooped up with us in the car for those trips. The five-day trip out to Idaho when I was twelve had a powerful effect on me: what a huge and amazing country! I had no idea then that thirty-some years later, I would recreate that trip in a book called Walk Two Moons.
One other place we often visited was Quincy, Kentucky, where my cousins lived (and still live) on a beautiful farm, with hills and trees and swimming hole and barn and hayloft. We were outside running in those hills all day long, and at night we’d gather on the porch where more stories would be told. I loved Quincy so much that it has found its way into many of my books–transformed into Bybanks, Kentucky. Bybanks appears in Walk Two Moons and Chasing Redbird and Bloomability. Bybanks also makes a brief appearance (by reference, but not by name) in The Wanderer.
When I was young, I wanted to be many things when I grew up: a painter, an ice skater, a singer, a teacher, and a reporter. It soon became apparent that I had little drawing talent, very limited tolerance for falling on ice, and absolutely no ability to stay on key while singing. I also soon learned that I would make a terrible reporter because when I didn’t like the facts, I changed them. It was in college, when I took literature and writing courses, that I became intrigued by story-telling. Later, I was a teacher (high school English and writing) in England and in Switzerland. While teaching great literature, I learned so much about writing: about what makes a story interesting and about techniques of plot and characterization and point of view. I started out writing novels for adults: The Recital and Nickel Malley were both written and published while I was living in England (these books were published in England only and are now out of print.) But the next book was Absolutely Normal Chaos, and ever since that book I have written mainly about young people. Walk Two Moons was the first of my books to be published in America. When it received the Newbery Medal, no one was more surprised than I was. I’m still a little bit in shock.
After Walk Two Moons came Chasing Redbird, Pleasing the Ghost, Bloomability, The Wanderer, and Fishing in the Air. I hope to be writing stories for a long, long time.
I am married to Lyle Rigg, who is the headmaster of The Pennington School in Pennington, New Jersey, and have two grown children, Rob and Karin. Being with my family is what I enjoy most. The next-best thing is writing stories.
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Have you read Love That Dog? What’s your favorite children’s book? Do you love both poetry and dogs? What were your thoughts about poetry when you were a child that makes you laugh when you remember? Share your thoughts below!