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LOVE THAT DOG by Sharon Creech

Posted in reviewku: plunder, middle grade, reviewku: poetry (all)

BACK AND FORTH, TO AND FRO – STUDENT/TEACHER POETICS

Letters. Lessons. Class.

Famous poet visit? Hope.

Journal. Poet boy.

 

Nitty Gritty:

Middle grade (ages 9 and up)

Poetry

First person POV

Letters to a teacher from a budding poet

Poetic forms and free verse interspersed with journal entries

Styles imitate famous poets including: Robert Frost, Walter Dean Myers, William Blake

Overall story arc and emotional arc

Many references – overt and subtle – to Walter Dean Myers

Requested classroom visit of the famous poet provides plot device and time frame setting

Solid structure

Obvious thirst for knowledge

Satisfaction in final resolution