Love That Dog

12 08 2012

I love this book.

It’s brilliant.

Jack is a reluctant…

writer

reader

learner

participant

In Miss Stretchberry he has a

teacher

coach

cheerleader

confidant

fan.

According to Jack, boys don’t write poetry.

Jack does.

He doesn’t realize it at first.

He grows to

understand

enjoy

and love poetry

Sharon Creech has written a beautiful book about opening your mind.  Her young protagonist doesn’t want to participate in the class poetry assignments, but a great teacher (who never actually appears in the story) coaxes and coaches him into spilling his feelings out on the page.  Along the way she introduces him to some great poetry by William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, William Blake, and, most importantly, Walter Dean Myers.  The story you read is made up of Jack’s poems.

Jack finds his muse.  And himself.

A brilliant, brilliant, brilliant book.

In my quest to read 90 books in 90 days this summer, Love That Dog was #70.

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