Love That Dog (paperback)
by Sharon Creech
Love That Dog is a quick but meaningful read. I bought it, because it is by a reputable author and I wanted another (free form) poetry book for my library. I didn’t realize the value I’d find in it! This is written from the perspective of a young poet who doesn’t realize he’s a poet, but learns about poetry from a teacher who sees value in his writing. He is resistant to writing poetry, but learns that a poem doesn’t have to follow a format and can be fun and meaningful. His teacher shares his poetry, and he gets the opportunity to meet with his favorite poet, Walter Dean Myers, who visits his school.
What I liked about this book is it reminded me that what I am excited about (as a teacher) can positively influence my students. If I am excited about poetry and I encourage them to read and write and discuss poetry, they will eventually become less resistant. I do that daily with reading with my reluctant readers.
What I didn’t like about this book is that is was very short. I really enjoyed it, and I didn’t want it to end. However, it is also good for my kids who don’t want to read.
Book 25 of 40
by Sharon Creech
AR Level 4.4, 3 points
Moo is about a brother and sister who move from a big city to rural Maine with their parents, who are looking for a change. Their mother offers them to a woman named Mrs. Falala, who needs help taking care of her cow, a feisty former prize winner. The siblings are at first afraid of Mrs. Falala and her animals, but quickly fall in love with the farm, and learn that things aren’t always what they appear.
What I liked about this book was the fact that it was partially written in concrete poetry and prose, and partially in standard paragraph, narrative form. I liked the mixture, and while I’ve read many books written in prose, it was a nice contrast to see both forms in the same novel.
What I didn’t like about this book was that I got a little bored at times. I do not blame the book, though. I blame the fact that I’ve only read young adult books lately, and this did not have romance or anything depressing in it, so it didn’t move as quickly for me. I need to diversify my to read list!
Book 60 of 40 (40 Book Challenge)
by Sharon Creech (paperback)
AR Level 5.0, 2 points
Heartbeat follows a girl named Annie, about 12 years old, over a time period of about 9 or so months. Annie has many worries that plague her, but she is a thoughtful, determined (sometimes stubborn) young girl who keeps a lot to herself. She has a best friend named Max, and they share a passion for running, but have very different views of their places in life. Annie is given several assignments, and she demonstrates a maturity beyond her years when completing them, while learning more about herself.
What I loved about this book was the way it was written.
Was written as
a series of
Instead of chapter titles, there are poem titles. This teaches the reader about a different form of writing. You don’t have to write a story in paragraph or comic form, and there was so much figurative language, especially metaphor and onomatopoeia. Poetry is a new genre to many of my students, and hopefully it is seen as an option when completing writing assignments. (Note to self: assign more writing assignments using poetry.)
I also loved that Annie was such a real character with real problems and real joys. She was able to reflect on her experiences and seemed to know herself pretty well. While some might see her as not fitting in, she showed maturity, and did not let anyone push her around. She is a generous, giving young woman, as well, and was not afraid to speak her mind.
And I loved the apple art lesson! It made me want to buy a Costco bag of apples for school tomorrow.
While there isn’t much I didn’t like about this book, it didn’t hook me as much as other books have. It was good. I have no complaints. It just isn’t in my top 10. I would recommend reading it for the reasons listed above, especially for the experience with an entire book written in poetry!
BOOK 2 OF 52