“This book is a very quick read and it may be a bit confusing because of the way it's written. This book shows how some one who doesn't really like poetry, can like it because of a poet inspires him to start writing poetry. The inspiration he gets makes him write a short but nice poem about his dog that is in the writing style of the poet he got inspired by. ”2 Saesha wrote this review Sunday, May 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This story is about develop through Jack’s responses to his teacher, Miss Stretchberry, over the course of a school year, It is very interesting how the book teaches about inspiration, This book could easily be used to help children to start reading poetry, understand the concept of poetry and help young writers learn how to write poetry, It could also be used for children to understand the feeling of each character in the book and enjoy reading it.”nantanakw wrote this review Thursday, April 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A uniquely written story about a young boy named Jack who finds power in the words of poetry to deal with a painful loss.
This book is recommended for elementary school students.
Themes: Pet Relationships, Classroom Experience, Growing Up, Loss
Curriculum Connections: This book could be used in a unit on poetry to expose students to the power poetry can have on both the reader and the writer.
“A sad and short story written like a journal entry for his teacher. ”Angela wrote this review Thursday, April 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a book written in poetry form and is written from the perspective of a boy who is new to writing poetry. At first he is hesitant to write poetry and to share his poems with his class, but he eventually gets the hang of it. This would definitely be a relatable book for students who are uncomfortable with poetry. ”Chelsea Holderbaum wrote this review Sunday, April 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a beautifully written story about a boy who, in the beginning, hates poetry yet learns to appreciate it at the end. I am excited to use it as a mentor text this year for a poetry unit that I will be doing with my class. In the story, which is told in one, long free verse poem that is broken into smaller sections by date, the boy models his poems after various ones that his teacher shares with him. He reluctantly, at first, chooses to write about his dog who had passed away but with whom he was very close. The story ends with his most poignant poem and the one in which the novel is named, which he modeled after a particular poem that he was most inspired by during his struggle to learn to appreciate poetry: " Love that dog, like a bird loves to fly
I said I love that dog like a bird loves to fly
Love to call him in the morning
love to call him
'Hey there, Sky!'
This is a book that illustrates so well the concept that we are all capable of writing poetry.”
“Jack doesn’t want to write poetry, poetry is for girls. Besides, he doesn’t even think he can write poetry. At first, Jack’s poems are short, and he prefers to remain an anonymous author. As the school year goes on, Jack’s teacher introduces him to all kinds of poetry. Jack realizes that there is some poetry that he does like; in fact there is some poetry that even inspires him. His own poems reflect this inspiration and eventually, Jack is proud to put his name on his work.
This book is perfect for a unit on poetry. It reaches both reluctant readers and writers and can serve as a mentor text for them. Other lessons that can be embedded within the poetry study include questioning, inferring, and character analysis.
There are a couple of overarching themes that can be used as discussion starters such as caring for a pet, death and sorrow.
“Great book”JamieBaldino29 wrote this review Monday, April 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The characters in Love that dog are Jack, Miss Stretchberry, Mr. Walter Dean Myers and Sky. Jack is a boy who doesn't like to display his poetry in the classroom. Jack is afraid that his classmates will make fun of his work but really his classmates wonder who writes these wonderful poems. Miss Stretchberry is Jacks's teacher that puts his poems up in the classroom with no name on it. She alwayas puts it on colored paper and most of Jack's poems are inspired from Mr. Walter Dean Myers. Mr. Walter Dean Myers is Jack's favorite poet and one day Jack decides to ask Mr. Walter Dean Myers to come to his school and read their poems. He writes back saying that he was visiting an old friend and he could stop by. The way that he expressed those poems in a book was really good beacause he showed what he was feeling at the time.”Marnie14 <3!!! wrote this review Monday, April 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this book is all poems its about a kid named jack. At first he didn't want to write it at all. and then he started writing more and more. Soon he got a author to come to his school 'cause he liked writing so much. the reason of the title is because jacks dog died and most of his poems are about his dog and how much he loved him. I gave this book 3 stars because it wasn't very interesting.”JAKE R. wrote this review Monday, April 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No