Dear Ms. Creech,
Thank you for LOVE THAT DOG,
for making my teacher heart
think of ways to connect language
to life’s small moments
(like a dog lolling in the afternoon sun)
and give voice to the big
(like losing that dog so loved).
I admire the way poetry became
by the end of the story,
wasn’t something just for fluttery girls
but was accessible and meaningful
to any child.
Thank you for giving Jack
the room to experiment with language,
for pushing him beyond his comfort level
with his best in mind,
for letting him dream
an Important Poet cared —
and then letting that dream come true.
I wish I’d discovered your book
while still teaching.
I know just how I’d share it.
I hope others might catch the same
hopefulness I’ve found
here, in your story,
and share the
poetry can bring.
Even to boys
Caroline Starr Rose
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