Thursday, December 22, 2016
72. The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
2016, Katherine Tegen Books
Middle Grades CRF w/a touch of magical fantasy
Goodreads rating: 4/03 - 740 ratings
My rating: 4
Setting: Contemporary winter, somewhere in the USA where it snows
First line/s: "I found the boy at dusk. The blizzard was fierce, and it would soon be dark."
My comments: A very sweet, gentle story, told as though a dog could really and truly converse with humans; humans who love poetry and dogs.
Goodreads synopsis: 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?