Author: Andrew Clements
Illustrator: Tim Bowers
Publication Date: 2007
Genre/Format: Poetry-Fiction/Picture Book
Summary: Clements tells the story of a stray dog that shows up at a family's back door one night. Written in verse - haikus actually - we read about the family taking care of the dog until they have to decide if he goes to the pound or becomes a member of their family.
What I Think: I read this book with one of my students this year and we both loved reading about having a dog - since neither of us do! The haikus were fun and using this book was an easy way to introduce haikus.
Read Together: Pre-K - 8
Read Alone: 2 - 8
Read With: Sometimes I Wonder If Poodles Like Noodles by Laura Numeroff; non-fiction about pets
Snatch of Text:
"There on the back steps,
the eyes of a hungry dog
Will she shut the door?"Reading Strategies to Practice: Activating Background Knowledge, Making Predictions, Making Connections
Writing Strategies to Practice: Poetry, Word Choice
Writing Prompts: Write about your first pet or a pet you wish you could have. Write a persuasive letter to you parents convincing them to get you the pet of your dreams. Write your own haiku about your favorite pet.
Topics Covered: Family, Animals, Love, Thoughtfulness
Translated to Spanish: No