I felt quite poetic after reading The Poet's dog and so I listed these words to describe the events in The Poet's Dog.
Dogs speak words
But only poets
This is the poem on the first page.
As with many books to fully enjoy this simple story of love and loss you do need to be prepared to suspend disbelief.
"I found the boy at dusk." Patricia MacLachlan gently reveal her story narrator. "I nosed his hand gently." Teddy is a dog but he knows words because for years he lived with the poet Sylvan. Teddy heard the words of Yeats, Shakespeare, James Joyce, Wordsworth and Natalie Babbitt. He listened to Charlotte's Web, The lion, the witch and the wardrobe, and The Ox-Cart man.
Teddy finds two children huddled in the snow. He takes them back to the house he shared with Sylvan. Over several days he gently cares for the children as the heavy snow falls force everyone to stay inside. Eventually Ellie, a young friend and poet, who helped Sylvan through his last days, arrives. The ending gives a beautiful sense of completion and affirms the circle of life.
Patricia MacLachlan writes in such a way that you will feel you are really in this remote place and truly experiencing the bitter cold. This is a book adult readers will love and it would be good to share quietly with a sensitive young reader. with only 88 pages the old adage applies "good things come in small packages".
You can hear an audio sample here. After reading The Poet's dog you might look for Love that dog by Sharon Creech and any other books by Patricia MacLachlan.
Here is The Ox-Cart Man which Sylvan read to Teddy.
Ox Cart Man