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The Power of Poetry,
This review is from: Love That Dog (Paperback)
Just a few days ago, I went to school to listen to the second-graders read. My son had picked up "Love that Dog" on the recommendation of a friend. As he read the book aloud, I became intrigued. That afternoon, as I drove my son home from school, he shared a passage from the book that was particularly poignant. I was hooked. After he finished, I asked him if I could borrow the book myself. He graciously allowed me the chance to read it despite his misgivings that I would not return the book before the library due date.
This is a beautiful book. It's about poetry and love. It's written like a journal for an elementary school class. It is told from the perspective of a boy struggling with writing, poetry and his love for his dog. As the book continues, the boy finds his voice through the poetry that the teacher assigns. Ultimately, the book is about the power of poetry. Reflecting upon the language and imagery of William Blake, Robert Frost, or Walter Dean Myers, the young boy shares his own imagery and his own life. Good poetry (especially divine poetry) reads us rather than we read it. It frees us to live and to love.
I highly recommend this book for all ages.