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“This is a slim novel told entirely in verse. Jack is struggling with his English class. It’s bad enough they have to read poems but Miss Stretchberry wants the children to write poems! Cautiously, Jack explores this new way of expressing himself. Despite his claims that he doesn’t...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“This book was just about poetry. the poetry wasn't good. the book was very short. I wouldn't consider reading this book.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Summary: This book is about a little named Jack who does not like poetry. His teacher slowly convinces him to write poetry about everyday events in his life while learning about some famous poet's work. It is told from young Jack's point of view in which he describes his evolution into a love of poetry.
Review: This is a great book to introduce to students when starting to write poetry. The entire book is written in verse from a young boy's perspective about his everyday life which will make you both cry and laugh. It shows how a teacher can inspire a young boy's interest in poetry while building his self-confidence in writing.
Pair With/Connections: Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech, Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
Delicious quotes: “Sometimes when you are trying not to think about something
it keeps popping back in your head you can't help it you think about it and think about it and think about it until your brain feels like a squashed pea.” ”
“This is a story about a boy named Jack and his quest to learn about poetry. In the beginning of the story Jack thinks poetry is only for girls and has a hard time connecting to the words. But we after inspiration from his teacher, Jacks passion begins to take off. I would recommend this book for second grade to fifth grade. I would use this book during a poetry lesson plan. ”Ashonte Bell wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is a good poetry book and each day, I read at least 10 poetries in this book and it is really entertaining. This book is highly recommended to the people who wants to learn about poetry or when they're bored!”Jae-Yun L. wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is incredible. I was amazed how a poetry journal can evoke such emotion in a reader. I know I cried-- and gracelessly so-- on more than one occasion. I love this book and the message it sends.
One of my FAVORITE reads.”
Summary: This book is a compliation of poems a young boy, Jack, is at first forced to write by his teacher. He begins to love poetry because it allows him to express himself during the troubling time of losing his childhood dog. Jack even has a guest speaker come to his classroom to share the love of poetry to his peers!
Review: I loved this book! I could not put it down! I felt so many emotions as I read through each day's entry in Jacks's poetry book. It is a good book for both students and teachers to read. It shows children that anyone can write and appreciate poetry while it shows teachers how to inspire students to go beyond their comfort zone and to never give up.
Paired book: GUYKU: A Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Raczka
when you are trying
not to think about something
it keeps popping back in your head
you can't help it
you think about it
think about it
think about it
until your brain
a squashed pea."
— Sharon Creech (Love That Dog)”
“finalist for the 2001 Carnegie Medal
Level: 5th-8th grade
Curriculars: Language Arts
“If you liked heartbeat, I suggest this”Mnmluv wrote this review 4 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“On multiple levels, I love this book! As a teacher of literacy, I can see the power of poetry throughout the book and the possiblility of using the book to engage my students in poetry. As a lover of animals, my heart weeps for Sky!”Sheri Dattola wrote this review Wednesday, October 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I reread this awesome book during a poetry unit with my class. They were SO interested and involved with the story, even to the point of tears at some point. This book is very accessible for kids and poetry, while telling a cute, easy to relate to and funny story. The best part of using this book while writing and studying poetry was that the I could see my students' inspiration from this book in their writing, just like the character of Jack. ”Liz P wrote this review Saturday, October 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is a book written out of poems. It is a quick quick book and it is quite simple but if you really think about it, it has a more complex thought. I really liked this book because it wasn't a book that got you bored. It was a book that always had missing details that you wanted to find out later in the book. For example you don't find out the narrator's name till half way done with the book. Also one thing that the narrator might mention always relates later in the book. For example all of his poems were built together to make a final poem. I also liked how you could see what poems were based off of since in the back there were the originals. ”SisselAB6 wrote this review Monday, October 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No