Love That Dog

ISBN-10: 0064409597
ISBN-13: 9780064409599
Author: Creech, Sharon
Interest Level: 4-7
Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: April 2008

Copyright: 2001

Page Count: 128

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Interest Level

Grades 4-7

Reading Level

Guided Reading: T
Lexile: 1010L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.5
Accelerated Reader Points: 1.0



BISAC Subjects

Poetry; Fiction

Poetry; Fiction

Poetry; Fiction

With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack's point of view, Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog. With classic poetry included in the back matter, this provides the perfect resource for teachers and students alike. "I guess it doeslook like a poemwhen you see ittyped uplike that." Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, won't stop giving her class poetry assignments -- and Jack can't avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns he does have something to say.
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If you think boys don’t write poetry, think again!

Jack is a typical elementary school age boy. He doesn’t want to write poetry because he thinks it’s a girl’s thing to do. But assignments from his teacher Miss Stretchberry and a poem called “Love That Boy” by Walter Dean Myers inspire him to realize that poetry is fun—and he’s a poet!

Young reluctant readers will love the narrator’s irreverent, conversational tone and teachers will love the wealth of classroom applications this book offers. Love That Dog is a great book for discussing text structures. It is written in verse and reads like a diary with short chapter poems. It is great for making connections, especially text-to-self ones. Numerous literary connections can be made as well—the book contains references to and reprints of several classic poems. And, with its poetry focus, the text is rich in descriptive language making it ideal for visualizing. This book will help students understand what poetry is and why it is so fun.