#Review: The Poet’s Dog, by Patricia MacLachlan

the-poets-dogTitle: The Poet’s Dog
Author: Patricia MacLachlan

Rating: 5/5 stars

From Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help one another survive loss and recapture love. “Just what I needed,” raves Brightly.com. “It’s a heart-warming story of loss and love that filled me with hope for a better future and renewed my belief in good.”

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?” (description from Goodreads)

fancy lineresizeI haven’t read a book by Maclachlan in many years. I recall reading Sarah, Plain and Tall early on in school. I remember enjoying it, but not much other than that. The Poet’s Dog was a great way to rediscover this author. I feel that reading it as an adult maybe even have given me a better appreciation for the story.

What I enjoyed most about this book was that it’s told from a dog’s perspective. Specifically a dog’s first person point of view. I don’t think it’d have been as effective any other way. That includes if it were in the third person. There’s was a certain charm and insight given because of how this book was written.

This was also a very emotional book, especially for one written with a young audience in mind. Despite this, I feel that most children can handle the happy and sad tones within the pages. Some readers, of any age, maybe need a box of tissues, though. Despite it being a quick read, it packs a punch. Be ready for that. This is definitely not a book to pass up.

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You can grab a copy of this book from:

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks

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About the Author:

Patricia MacLachlan was born on the prairie, and to this day carries a small bag of prairie dirt with her wherever she goes to remind her of what she knew first. She is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb’s Story; and Three Names, illustrated by Mike Wimmer. She lives in western Massachusetts.

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