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Love That Dog
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Love That Dog by Sharon Creech is told in the form of a boy's free-verse journal entries. The boy, Jack, expresses his feelings on all sorts of things, but especially about his late dog, Sky. The book packs a load of emotional and intellectual depth into a very accessible package. Great for reluctant readers, and may inspire all readers to appreciate and try their hand at poetry.
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In this minor masterpiece, author Sharon Creech accomplishes so much with so little -- no synopsis can convey what makes this book so involving, moving, uplifting. She captures a story, a voice, a mind, a heart. She inspires readers to write their own poems and gives a meaningful demonstration of the power of the form.
While the poems at first seem unconnected, the book is in fact tightly structured, and all the way through Creech is unobtrusively weaving together strands that come poignantly together in an emotional climax. Although many children will finish this book in one or two sittings, it bears numerous rereadings and much fruitful discussion, and is a gift to parents and teachers of reluctant readers who want to help their children learn to delve more deeply into literature.
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