The Poet's Dog

The Poet's Dog

eBook - 2016
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A dog with unusual communication talents loses his poet owner before rescuing two children trapped in a snowstorm and leading them to the poet's cabin, where the children explore the memories that the poet has left behind.
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062292650
Characteristics: 1 online resource (88 pages) : illustrations
Call Number: eBook

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DCLadults Mar 17, 2017

A poignant coming-of-age story about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help one another survive loss and recapture love.

List - Nana's Reading List
DCLkids May 14, 2018

Nana would LOVE this book!

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.

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.

EscapesToBooks Oct 11, 2016

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

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Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Aug 06, 2019

Dogs! I love 'em! Naturally, I put this story about a dog who communicates with people- but only poets and children- on my to-read list the year it was published. Fast forward a few years (life... ugh), I found it to be the perfect listening material while doing chores one morning. It is a really sweet and quiet story, one that would make a perfect family read aloud. Sad at times, yes, but ultimately uplifting.

Jun 13, 2019

2016; Katherin Tegen Books/HarperCollins

I do not think I can do the synopsis justice so am going to use the publisher blurb:

"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?" (From Publisher)

What a beautiful book. I know many reviewers have said that the sparseness of this novella is a big downfall. I do agree in that I felt like I wanted to know so much more about the characters and the back stories. But it was more of a want than a need. This story was about a particular moment in time and I think MacLachlan did a great job in putting so much into a small space. The writing reminded me a bit of Alice Monroe's conciseness. I think this would be a great book for parents to read with their children. (side note: I guess I am not a true poet, lol).

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Sep 23, 2018

I adore this soft gentle book about the poets dog, Teddy. It's so heartwarming and will have you reaching out for your own dog.

SPPL_Violet Mar 17, 2018

A lovely, poignant story. Perfect for poets and children.

JCLChrisK Dec 22, 2017

"'It may be the most important thing in poetry,' Sylvan tells me. 'Poignancy.'"

This short book is gentle, quiet, elegant, and--indeed--poignant. Heavy themes and feelings are evoked with the simplest of words and events. Moving and joyful.

ArapahoeMarcia 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.

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Nov 01, 2016

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