Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech

September 12

I hate that cat
like a dog hates a rat
I said I hate that cat
like a dog hates a rat

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Abstract: Jack is studying poetry again in school, and he continues to write poems reflecting his understanding of famous poems and how they relate to his life.

Harper Collins; 148 pages


Mary said...

I enjoyed this book and think it could be great fun for teachers to use who are working on a poetry unit with their students. It’s a relatively painless way to learn about a variety of different types of poetry and techniques used in poems, along with a smattering of poets' works.

I had originally been concerned that being familiar with Creech’s previous title, Love That Dog, would be required, but this is clearly a “stand-alone” title. Having previously read Love That Dog extends the reading experience but is by no means required to enjoy this book.

Heather said...

While I enjoyed the poetic aspects of this title, I am left wondering "where did the story go?"

Anonymous said...

The poetry excerpts/exercises are fun. I love the commentary from Uncle Bill. I thought the main plot was the relationship between mother and son: Jack's ability to go from not being able to even write about his mother, to reaching the point where he was open enough to sign for his mother in front of everyone.

Anonymous said...

This was a rehash of the gimmick used for Love That Dog. Too gimmmicky for me.

Jen said...

Having met Jack already, I felt gratified by the end to have been able to experience his close, warm relationship to his mother.

Anonymous said...

I also enjoyed this book, from the aspect that I could use it as a learning device while teaching poetry to my fourth graders.

I think I would have liked a little expansion on Jack's feelings for his mother, but I like the way Teresa explained their relationship...means a lot more to me now (thanks Teresa!).

I don't know if I am going to run to read Love That Dog though...