Love that Dog and Hate that Cat
by Sharon Creech
Looking for a great way to introduce your kids to more poetry? My kids and I just finished reading Love That Dog and listening to the audio book of Hate That Cat. Both of these wonderful stories are narrated through first person poems by, Jack, the main character. Jack initially is skeptical of the new poetry unit, but soon learns to love, understand and write poetry. Creech uses other well-known poets poems throughout the story to illustrate different poetic ideas. Having just done poetry with my three kids (first, second and fourth grades) the poetic elements discussed in the stories (metaphor, simile, onamoapia, and alliteration) were a great reinforcement of ideas they learned at school. These two books show kids that poetry is everywhere and can be written in many different ways. Creech is a brilliant author (check out her other books!) which is apparent in these two funny, heartwarming, and educational books.