Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech

Hate That Cat: A Novel continues the story of Jack. His awesome teacher, Miss Stretchberry, has moved up to the next grade with him and they are still working on becoming poets. As an aside, let me just say I love Miss Stretchberry! She is teaching her students that they are poets, whether they choose to rhyme or not. Whether they choose to use alliteration, assonance, or anything else. YAY!

Jack is still recovering from the death of his beloved dog, Skye. He also hates the big, mean black cat that has taken up residence in his neighborhood. But when he gets his own kitten, he starts to change his mind. Until his new kitten also disappears, leaving him.

I enjoyed this just as much as I enjoyed LOVE THAT DOG. It’s a great duo of books to help introduce kids to poets and poetry. I have a soft spot for William Carlos WIlliams, so I loved the constant references to his poetry. I will be sure to recommend Hate That Cat: A Novel to the teachers in my building who already share LOVE THAT DOG with their students.

Poetry Friday

When I was in college, my favorite professor was a William Carlos Williams expert. I fell in love with his poetry and the fact that he was a native New Jerseyan, like myself. Today I want to share part of his poem, “Spring and All”.

All along the road the reddish
purplish, forked, upstanding, twiggy
stuff of bushes and small trees
with dead, brown leaves under them
leafless vines-

Lifeless in appearance, sluggish
dazed spring approaches-

They enter the new world naked,
cold, uncertain of all
save that they enter. All about them
the cold, familiar wind-

Now the grass, tomorrow
the stiff curl of wildcarrot leaf
One by one objects are defined-
It quickens: clarity, outline of leaf

But now the stark dignity of
entrance-Still, the profound change
has come upon them: rooted, they
grip down and begin to awaken

-William Carlos Williams

read the rest here

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