Incredible book which tells a story of an abandoned dog who is taken in by a family who must make the decision to either keep him or not. It is a remarkable and impressive story told in Haiku which means stanzas of 17 syllables divided up into three lines of five then seven then five syllables again. The object is not only to make the right amount of syllables per line but to make the whole set into a poem or story in itself. This is a book worth rereading to really capture the whole scope of what has been accomplished. I don't know why this has been put into the non-fiction section of the library even it is comprised of haikus it is definitely a book that should be part of the main fiction collection.
I brought this book home with an agenda. I want to get my seven year old interested in writing haiku. He already loves books of poetry about dogs (despite not liking dogs that much), so I figured he'd be a sucker for this one. It's only been a couple of days and I haven't caught him writing any haiku yet, but he was absolutely spellbound while I was reading the book. It's the classic "stray dog finds a home" tale, with a cute mutt drawn so well by Bowers, you almost want to pet him. Clements has a short, encouraging author's note in the back explaining haiku for kids who want to try it out.
Precious and fun. A whole book with a haiku on each page plus great illustrations. I probably enjoyed this more than my kid did.
Kids weren't enthused but we adults liked it.
Really cute book about a mutt who gets adopted by a family.
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