Love That Dog by Sharon Creech is among my top ten favorite books. I have read it with a few of my small groups over the years. This time Love That Dog might be a tricky read. It's great for poetry month. It's written in verse, and students can totally relate to Jack and his dislike of writing. You might think, "Tricky? Why?" Well, it's about a boy, his dislike of poetry, and his dog. Sniff.
Our black lab, Candy, lived to the ripe old age of 16. She was a crazy puppy when we adopted her and chewed many things. She didn't have great manners and nearly bit your finger when you gave her a treat because her eyesight was terrible. These memories were conveniently forgotten when she was gone.
Loved that dog.
I warned my 5th graders that there is a sad part in the book regarding the dog. I tried not to give anything away, but they caught on. One student shared a sad dog story with the group. I explained that I used to have a dog. One student immediately recommended I get a puppy. I replied that puppies make me tired!
I think this will be a great read for my small group of students. It's too bad that most of them haven't experienced the happiness (and challenges) of having a pet. I told them how excited I am to share this book with them. It will be our first book and author study. Wish us luck!