The Poet's Dog


Product Details

Katherine Tegen Books
Publish Date
5.6 X 8.1 X 0.7 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Patricia MacLachlan (1938-2022) was the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb's Story; Edward's Eyes; The True Gift; Waiting for the Magic; White Fur Flying; Fly Away; and Snow Horses. She lived in western Massachusetts.


"Though this contemplative fantasy explores grief, it is also about overcoming loss and is resolved in a way that will comfort sensitive readers. A strong purchase for larger fiction collections."--School Library Journal
"Dog-lovers and budding poets with a taste for quiet whimsy, or fans of MacLachlan's measured and lyrical writing, may want to check this out."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"An evocative gem, laced with the power to nurture every reader's inner poet."--Leslie Connor, author of Waiting for Normal and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
Praise for THE TRUTH OF ME: "Brief but emotionally intense...MacLachlan demonstrates her mastery of elegantly unfolding a tale and gently plucking at readers' heartstrings without taking a maudlin tone."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for KINDRED SOULS: "MacLachlan handles a familiar theme with grace, providing a lens into an uncanny intergenerational bond, as well as the kindness and generosity of love."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for WORD AFTER WORD AFTER WORD: "Showing great respect for her readers and her craft, Newbery Award winner Patricia MacLachlan makes every word count in Lucy's smooth-flowing, economic narrative."--Booklist (starred review)
★ "Magical. A quiet, elegant, poignant story suffused with humor, heart, and goodness."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
★ "A spare, moving tale. Using simple words that even youngest readers will understand and enjoy, MacLachlan tackles subjects such as death and mourning with understated grace."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
★ "Readers will find their own jewel in this gem of a book."--Booklist (starred review)
"A tender story of love and grief, The Poet's Dog perfectly illustrates how special friends can heal a broken heart."--Jo Knowles, author of See You At Harry's
"This enchanting tale of friendship--of the canine and poetic kind--will warm your heart like a firelit cabin on a snowy night. I loved it!"--Laura Resau, author of The Lightning Queen and Star in the Forest
"A master storyteller in gorgeous form. The Poet's Dog is a joy from page one."--Emily Jenkins, author of Toys Go Out and coauthor of Upside-Down Magic Emily Jenkins, author of Toys Go Out and coauthor of Upside-Down Magic
"Patricia MacLachlan's spare, direct words allows room for the reader to crawl inside the spaces between. The Poet's Dog is so satisfying and poignant."--Lynda Mullaly Hunt, New York Times Bestselling author of Fish in a Tree