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Volunteer State Book Award (Tennessee)

School Library Journal Best Book

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Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts (NCTE)

New York Public Library's "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing"

Mitten Award (Michigan)

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Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award (Vermont)

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About the Book

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, 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 that he does have something to say.

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

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Critical Praise

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

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

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

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

“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 —Brightly.com

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060292874
  • ISBN 10: 0060292873
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 07/24/2001
  • Pages: 112
  • List Price: 21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1: JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
  • BISAC2: JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
  • BISAC3: JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

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