Saturday, April 9, 2016
"Love That Dog" by Sharon Creech is about a boy in school who doesn't think he likes poetry and even less doesn't believe he can write poetry. Through his journal entries we learn about the poems that he is introduced to in school. Slowly his writing takes on the appearance and tone of poetry. He is fascinated with a poet, Walter Dean Myers, whom his teacher is able to plan a visit to the school by this poet. That fascinates the boy and his poem about his dog Sky is influenced by Myers' poem, "Love That Boy." This is a book recommended for reluctant readers in the 4th to 6th grade level. I am glad I read this novel and was impressed by the method of introduction to poetry for the teacher's students.