Book review: The Poet’s Dog, by Patricia MacLachlan

MacLachlan, Patricia. The poet’s dog. Katherine Tegen Books, 2016. 88 pages.  $14.99. ISBN 9780062292629. Ages 7-9. P8Q8

maclachlan-poets-dogTwo children lost in a blizzard are rescued by a large dog, the narrator of the story.  Left behind when his poet/owner died, the dog and rescued children manage quite well on their own in the poet’s woodland cottage until the end of the storm, when the rest of the world intrudes one of the poet’s proteges skis in to check on the cabin. The children’s companionship allow Teddy, the dog, to remember his years with the poet and to come to terms with his grief. Later, reunited with their parents, the children and dog form a new family group.

Verdict: Veteran author MacLachlan excels at short, emotion-laden stories about families and this is no exception.  Highly recommended for elementary, middle school and public library collections.

October 2016 review by Jane Cothron.

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