THE POET'S DOG
Written by Patricia MacLachlan
September 13, 2016; 96 Pages
Katherin Tegen Books
Genre: children's, chapter book, animals, fantasy
(I received an ARC from the EDELWEISS in exchange for an honest review.)
I do not think I can do the synopsis justice so am going to use the publisher blurb:
"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?" (From Publisher)
What a beautiful book. I know many reviewers have said that the sparseness of this novella is a big downfall. I do agree in that I felt like I wanted to know so much more about the characters and the back stories. But it was more of a want than a need. This story was about a particular moment in time and I think MacLachlan did a great job in putting so much into a small space. The writing reminded me a bit of Alice Monroe's conciseness. I think this would be a great book for parents to read with their children. (side note: I guess I am not a true poet, lol).
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