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The Poet’s Dog



by
Patricia MacLachlan

Edition
Library edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Katherine Tegen
ISBN
9780062292636

Awards and Honors
Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award 2018–2019 Nominee The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2016, Middle Grade
Booklist 2016 Lasting Connections, Language Arts
Bookllist 2017 Top 10 Books for Youth, Middle-Grade Animal Stories
ILA Children’s Choices 2017 Reading List
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A poignant story about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help each other survive loss and recapture love.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

96

Trim Size

8" x 5 1/3"

AR

3.7: points 1

Lexile

640L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

4

JLG Release

Nov 2016

Book Genres


Topics

Snowstorms. Dogs. Rescue. Brothers and sisters. Poets and poetry. Human-animal relationships. Illness. Loss. Irish wolfhounds.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Nikel and his sister Flora are caught in a blizzard. Left in a car by their mother, who went to get help and did not return, they are saved by Teddy; it’s a heroic act for a human but all the more impressive for a dog. Teddy was once rescued himself, taken from a shelter by a poet named Sylvan, who surrounded him with words and read him Shakespeare, James Joyce, and C.S. Lewis, as well as his favorite book, Donald Hall’s Ox-Cart Man. Though Teddy comprehends words, only poets and children can understand the canine. Nikel, Flora, and Teddy spend several days together at the dog’s cabin while the blizzard rages on, and Teddy tells the children about his life with Sylvan and how Sylvan recently passed away. Similar in length to a beginning reader, the novel has sophisticated vocabulary and sensitive subject matter that make it better suited for mature young readers; it would also work as a classroom or one-on-one read aloud. MacLachlan writes with a quiet cadence readers will savor, as the book alternates between the present and Teddy’s life with Sylvan, with italics alerting readers to the shift in time. VERDICT Though this contemplative fantasy explores grief, it is also about overcoming loss and is resolved in a way that will comfort sensitive readers. A strong purchase for larger fiction collections.—Juliet Morefield, Multnomah County Library, OR

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Nikel and his sister Flora are caught in a blizzard. Left in a car by their mother, who went to get help and did not return, they are saved by Teddy; it’s a heroic act for a human but all the more impressive for a dog. Teddy was once rescued himself, taken from a shelter by a poet named Sylvan, who surrounded him with words and read him Shakespeare, James Joyce, and C.S. Lewis, as well as his favorite book, Donald Hall’s Ox-Cart Man. Though Teddy comprehends words, only poets and children can understand the canine. Nikel, Flora, and Teddy spend several days together at the dog’s cabin while the blizzard rages on, and Teddy tells the children about his life with Sylvan and how Sylvan recently passed away. Similar in length to a beginning reader, the novel has sophisticated vocabulary and sensitive subject matter that make it better suited for mature young readers; it would also work as a classroom or one-on-one read aloud. MacLachlan writes with a quiet cadence readers will savor, as the book alternates between the present and Teddy’s life with Sylvan, with italics alerting readers to the shift in time. VERDICT Though this contemplative fantasy explores grief, it is also about overcoming loss and is resolved in a way that will comfort sensitive readers. A strong purchase for larger fiction collections.—Juliet Morefield, Multnomah County Library, OR

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