Creech, S. (2001). Love that dog. NY: HarperCollins.
The endearing tale of Jack, the young boy who isn’t sure about poetry, is heartwarming and inspiring. Through his teacher’s use of famous poems such as “The Red Wheelbarrow” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” Jack learns to love, understand, and even write his own poetry. The loss of his dog, Sky, because a source of inspiration and healing for Jack as his writes his poetry.
The poems written by the narrator are a progression of Jack as he learns about famous poetry. The teacher in the story also alludes to these famous poems, which are included in the back of the book, as references for his to write his poems.
How to Sell the Book-
This collection of poems is a great read for young male student who is reluctant about reading and writing poetry. Following Jack’s thoughts is a great way to understand the feelings of a boy learning to express his feelings.
Three Different Books by the Author-
- Who’s That Baby (2006)
- Different- picture book for young children
- The Castle Corona (2007) (Illustrated by David Diaz)
- Different- fairytale style story in novel format
- Hate that Cat (2008)
- Similar- same poetic style as Love that Dog but a year later