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Love That Dog Paperback – March 1, 2001
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“A really special triumph.” (Kirkus (*Starred Review*))
“Readers will love that dog, and this book.” (Publishers Weekly (*Starred Review*))
“A poignant, funny picture of a child’s encounter with the power of poetry. This book is a tiny treasure.” (School Library Journal (*Starred Review*))
“Sharon Creech has achieved more than one impressive feat here.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Eventually, Jack learns that poetry might be just the way to process some things in his life. This book, and Miss Stretchberry, are magic.” One of the 11 Best Teachers in Children’s Literature (Brightly)
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Room 105 -- Miss Stretchberry
I don't want to
don't write poetry.
Girls do.Meet Jack, who tells his story with a little help from some paper, a pencil, his teacher, and a dog named Sky.
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The book is not about a boy who hates poetry. It's about a boy who is awkward about expressing his creativity and his sadness. He finds, through journaling to his teacher, his own poetic yearnings. And also that personal expression is not about cadence and rationlism, but about making soul sense of our lived lives. No, the poetry is not "Hiawatha," but it is convincingly the poetry of a young male child.
It's about inspiration. I'm inspired!
And yes, authors often visit schools at the request of their young fans.