Love That Dog

Love That Dog  is by Sharon Creech, a Newbery Medal winning author. This book is a poetic tale about a boy named Jack who hates poetry. However, from the push of his teacher (Ms. Strechberry), Jack learns maybe he does have more to say than he thought and poetry is a great way for him to say it. Maybe this poetry thing is for him after all.

This is a great story to read to all ages, but great for children in grades 5-8 to read to themselves, and it is an excellent example of the powers of poetry. Written in free-verse, diary format this book shows how poetry can be a release, such as when Jack works through losing his dog, which is a great message to young readers, especially though reluctant about poetry.

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The Name Jar

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi is about a young girl named Unhei who moved form Korea and is just starting school in America. Unhei is afraid the kids won’t like her and will make fun of her name, especially since most can’t pronounce it. When she introduces herself to her new class she doesn’t tell them her name and instead tells them she will pick a name next week. The class then comes together to help Unhei pick a name. They all give suggestions and put it in a jar for her to pick. When one of her classmate finds out her real name he doesn’t want her to change it. When it is time for Unhei to pick a name the jar is missing, what will she tell them her name is?

This book teaches about tolerance, acceptance, and staying true to who you are. I would recommend this book to all children 4 and older.

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