Patricia MacLachlan is a great author and I was excited to get this book of hers. The subject matter is wonderful. Children like to read about other children and most love animals too. This is a combination of the two. The setting involves a storm, which scares some, and the potential of getting lost or hurt. Children will fall in love with these characters. Their emotions will find grief and relief at the same time. I would recommend this story for upper elementary age children or younger with parental involvement. (Reading to or with them.) I will definitely share this book with others who enjoy good children's literature.
From Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help one another survive loss and recapture love.
Teddy is a gifted dog. Raised in a cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he grew up listening to sonnets read aloud and the comforting clicking of a keyboard. Although Teddy understands words, Sylvan always told him there are only two kinds of people in the world who can hear Teddy speak: poets and children.
Then one day Teddy learns that Sylvan was right. When Teddy finds Nickel and Flora trapped in a snowstorm, he tells them that he will bring them home—and they understand him. The children are afraid of the howling wind, but not of Teddy’s words. They follow him to a cabin in the woods, where the dog used to live with Sylvan . . . only now his owner is gone.
As they hole up in the cabin for shelter, Teddy is flooded with memories of Sylvan. What will Teddy do when his new friends go home? Can they help one another find what they have lost?
Age Level: 6 - 10 / Grade Level: 1 - 5