The Poet's Dog

The Poet's Dog

Book - 2016
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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: New York : Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062292629
Characteristics: 88 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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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.

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.

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