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Love That Dog

By Sharon Creech

The Newbery Medal-winning author of Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech, brings readers a story with enormous heart.

Love That Dog shows how one boy named Jack finds his voice with the help of a teacher, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack's point of view, and with classic poetry included in the back matter, this novel is perfect for kids and teachers, too.

Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Miss 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 that he does have something to say.

"I guess it does
look like a poem
when you see it
typed up
like that."

  • Grade level: 5
  • Interest Level: 3-8
  • Guided Reading Level: T
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780064409599
  • ISBN 10: 0064409597
  • ISBN 13: 9780064409599
  • Pages: 128
  • Trim Size: 5.13 x 7.63 in
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Fiction / Stories in Verse
  • Juvenile Fiction / Animals / Dogs
  • Juvenile Fiction / School & Education

Kirkus (*Starred Review*)“A really special triumph.”

Publishers Weekly (*Starred Review*)"Readers will love that dog, and this book."

School Library Journal (*Starred Review*)“A poignant, funny picture of a child’s encounter with the power of poetry. This book is a tiny treasure.”

New York Times Book Review“Sharon Creech has achieved more than one impressive feat here.”

Brightly“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

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COMMON CORE STRANDS

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1,2,3,4,5,6,9,10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3,3a,3b,3b,3d,3e,3e,8,9,9a
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.3,3b,4,5,6
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