The Poet's Dog

The Poet's Dog

eBook - 2016
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From Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help one another survive loss and recapture love. Teddy is a gifted dog. Raised in a cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he grew up listening to sonnets read aloud and the comforting clicking of a keyboard. Although Teddy understands words, Sylvan always told him there are only two kinds of people in the world who can hear Teddy speak: poets and children. Then one day Teddy learns that Sylvan was right. When Teddy finds Nickel and Flora trapped in a snowstorm, he tells them that he will bring them home—and they understand him. The children are afraid of the howling wind, but not of Teddy's words. They follow him to a cabin in the woods, where the dog used to live with Sylvan . . . only now his owner is gone. As they hole up in the cabin for shelter, Teddy is flooded with memories of Sylvan. What will Teddy do when his new friends go home? Can they help one another find what they have lost?
Publisher: [S.I.] : HarperCollins, 2016.
ISBN: 9780062292650
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc


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AL_MARCIA Aug 15, 2017

This is such a heartwarming story. Loved the poetry woven throughout the story.

Mar 25, 2017

Patricia MacLachlan again shows her mastery of words. She can create powerful stories in short form. She’s the kind of author who, as a school librarian, want to share with non-readers, the kind that come in and ask for a short book they must read for a book report. Imagine being lost in a snow storm with only a dog, but a dog who can talk and heard by children. This magical story could be read several times and the reader will pick up something new about relationships and caring for one another.

KCLS_RobinH Jan 03, 2017

A bittersweet jewel of a book, laced with brief poetry amidst the grief of losing one's companion. Happy ending helped the tears!

MissLauraStorytime Nov 19, 2016

A gentle story that describes the love and trust that animals, children, and poets and other certain adults can share. MacLachlan's books sweetly reveal what we may be missing in our lives, and how to find it.

Sylvan, a dog, rescues children stranded in a blizzard, and they find they can understand his speech. Together they forge a new relationship that brings happiness to all.

jabberbooky Oct 12, 2016

There is so much beauty & warmth in this short book set in a blizzard. I read it twice because I found the story so moving and lovely.

nmaryann Oct 11, 2016

Patricia MacLachlan brings us a poetic gem full of friendship, loss, and love.

EscapesToBooks Oct 11, 2016

A beautiful tale of love, connection and the rewards of opening your heart.

RidnLibn Oct 08, 2016

Sometimes the very best books have few words. “The Poet’s Dog” is spare, sad and sweet. Anyone who loves words, poetry, dogs, children and snowstorms will love this book. A child will love hearing “The Poet’s Dog” read aloud; adults will savor it in quiet contemplation. A new classic…

Sep 26, 2016

A lovely, and very short (I literally read this in 20 minutes) story of love and loss, narrated by a dog. The premise of dogs being able to talk, but only to poets and children, sounds overly precious, but this never feels emotionally manipulative or sentimental -- just lovely and heartfelt. Beautiful writing, lovely characters -- I really enjoyed this.

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Nov 01, 2016

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