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Review of "Love That Dog"

By Sharon Creech
HarperTrophy, 2003
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Mar 25th 2003
Love That Dog

Love That Dog is an unusual and charming book for children by Sharon Creech – it is a collection of poems.  In a sense they are fictional poems, because they are written from the point of view of Jack, a young boy.  Jack writes poems for his teacher, after she has shown him poems by more famous poets.  They include “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams, “The Tiger” by William Blake, “dog” by Valerie Worth, “Love That Boy” by Walter Dean Myers.  Through the progression of Jack’s poems, we see him move from skepticism to enthusiasm about poetry, and he starts to express his feelings.  Gradually, Jack writes more about his old dog, Sky, who was killed when he was hit by a car.  So, this is a story about the healing power of poetry for children dealing with grief.  Recommended. 


© 2003 Christian Perring. All rights reserved.

Christian Perring, Ph.D., is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dowling College, Long Island, and editor of Metapsychology Online Review. His main research is on philosophical issues in medicine, psychiatry and psychology.