The Poet's Dog
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The Poet's Dog


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.

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?

Title:The Poet's Dog
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:96 pages

    The Poet's Dog Reviews

  • Shoshana
    Apr 24, 2016

    Alternate title: How to Cry in 90 Pages or Less...

  • Valerie (He Said Books Or Me)
    Sep 23, 2016

    This book was stunning. I loved it. This book takes what you know a story like this to be like, but then flips it around and tells it to you from the perspective of a talking dog. I cried, but it was ...

  • Kathryn
    Oct 13, 2016

    Another poignant book by Patricia MacLachlan. Pure pleasure to read with a sweetness of a talking dog, a snow storm and two beautiful children....

  • Carrie Bresnehen
    Aug 05, 2016

    Sweet story about words and the value they have in our lives. Beautiful writing, reminding us of the beauty in a bond with a dog. ...

  • Laura Harrison
    Sep 03, 2016

    I have to start this review by saying I love Patricia MacLachlan. I truly do. Publishing this title as is I don't think did the author any favors nor will win her a new audience. It is an inexplicably...

  • Trin
    May 14, 2016

    This is quite...slight. I'm sure a certain type of person would find it profound and beautiful, but that person is emphatically not me....

  • Katie
    Oct 22, 2016

    This was the most wonderful first book for the #readathon. What a gem of a novel--absolutely gorgeous! ...

  • Mark
    Oct 18, 2016

    A moving story about life and death and what lives on. The Poet's Dog is Teddy, an Irish Wolfhound, and he is the thread that connects the past and the present. Through him, the love of his former own...

  • Scott Fillner
    Oct 18, 2016

    Wow! Amazing story written so concisely, poignantly, and beautifully! As a teacher you could spend a year with this story using it as an anchor for craft, point of view, and word choice. I highly reco...

  • Shawn
    Oct 17, 2016

    Sweet book. A poignant story of family, and friendships lost and found. I would like to hope that middle readers these days will put their electronic devices down long enough to appreciate the subtle ...

About Patricia MacLachlan

Patricia MacLachlan

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 Massach