The Poet's Dog
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The Poet's Dog

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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.

3 starred reviews. "Just what I needed," raves Brightly. "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?
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 142 x 211 x 13mm | 159g
  • English
  • 0062292633
  • 9780062292636
  • 1,440,356

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Alone in a fierce winter storm Nickel and Flora are brave but afraid a dog finds them. Teddy speaks words and brings them to shelter. The poet's cabin has light and food and love.

But where is the Poet? Teddy will tell the story of how words make poems and connect those who hear each other.

The Poet's Dog from Newbery Medal--winning author Patricia MacLachlan is a poignant story about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help each other survive loss and recapture love.
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Praise for THE TRUTH OF ME: "Brief but emotionally intense...MacLachlan demonstrates her mastery of elegantly unfolding a tale and gently plucking at readers' heartstrings without taking a maudlin tone."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Rating details

1,932 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 38% (743)
4 39% (746)
3 18% (350)
2 3% (61)
1 2% (32)
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