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Creech, Sharon.
New York : Joanna Cotler Books, 2001.
IL 3-6 RL 4.1
ISBN 006029289X

4 booktalks

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Booktalk #1

Jack hates poetry and thinks only girls write it, until his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, inspires him to read poetry and the work of Walter Dean Myers, where he discovers a poem that touches his heart.  Jackís teacher says that Jack has poetry inside him and she knows what to do to help this budding poet blossom into a writer.  As Jack attempts to read and write poetry, he realizes he does have something to say, and that others will want to hear what it is.  Jack is also instrumental in getting Mr. Myers himself to come to his school to talk about his poetry.  After this visit, Jack will be forever changed.
Prepared by:  Janet Kittrell for South Carolina Children's Book Award

Booktalk #2

I can't believe I have to keep this journal and write poetry assigned by Miss Stretchberry.  But here goes nothing.

    "September 13
    I don't want to
    because boys
    don't write poetry.
    Girls do."

That should do it.  Miss Stretchberry will surely see that I'm no poet.

    "November 29
    I liked those small poems we read today
    when they're small like that you can read a whole bunch in a short time."

    "January 10
    I really really really did not get the pasture poem today.
    I think Mr. Robert Frost has much too much time on his hands."

What  Jack is beginning to realize is that his words are worth writing and after hearing "Love That Boy" by Walter Dean Myers he can finally deal with the loss of his favorite pet through poetry.  Pair this slim volume with A Poke in the I and Doodle Dandies and you'll have poets before you know it! (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)

Booktalk #3

Love That Dog is an amusing and unusual book about a boy named Jack and his dog.  A sad incident with the dog inspires Jack to unwittingly create poems and discovers the powers and pleasures of poetry that he thought was only granted to girls. He becomes inspired by his teacher and especially by a poem Love That Boy by the author Walter Dean Myers.  Jack's Poem Love That Dog reads:

                    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."

 If you're a dog lover, read the book and you may find that reading and writing verse is "not so bad" after all.  (Tina Berger,, St. James -Santee Elementary)

Booktalk #4

Boys donít write poetry- girls do! At least thatís Jackís opinion when Miss Stretchberry introduces the class to writing poetry at the beginning of the school year. He just doesnít get it. The poems she reads to the class make no sense to him, but as he listens and writes more of his own poetry he begins to appreciate the rhythm of the words. Jack begins to notice connections as he relates themes to his own life. Finally, through poetry, he is able to express his emotions about the pet dog he loved so much.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2004-2005)

SUBJECTS:     Poetry -- Fiction.
                        Diaries -- Authorship -- Fiction.


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