The yellow cover peeking through the cardboard box jumped out at me. What was this burst of sunlight doing in our mail room? A new book for the 3rd grade. Looks fun. The entire book is a poem? Interesting. I’ve got 10 minutes, maybe I can power through it. Moved to tears.

You simply have to read Sharon Creech’s magnificently beautiful work, Love that Dog. That’s all I have to say.

Here’s a short excerpt that in no way conveys the depth of feeling in the book, but it’s a simple reminder of something we all experience:



when you are trying

not to think about something

it keeps popping back

into your head

you can’t help it

you think about it


think about it 


think about it

until your brain 

feels like

a squashed pea. 


Love that Dog