Nan’s Notes: Hate That Cat, by Sharon Creech

  • by Sharon Creech
  • Age Range: 8 to 12
  • Pub. Date: September 2008
  • 153 pages
  • borrowed from library

I loved Sharon Creech’s book Love That Dog, which I read a few years ago. Hate That Cat continues the story with the narrator Jack and his poetry journal. In Love That Dog, Jack learns about poetry. At first he is resistant and convinced he can not understand poetry or write it. As the year goes on, we see his growth in his poetry journal.

Hate That Cat has Jack in the next grade with the same teacher (she moved up a grade level). We see some of the same poems referenced, “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams along with a bunch of new ones. Jack talks about a mean cat that attacked him once and how he doesn’t want a pet after losing his dog. Jack slowly comes around and falls in love with a little kitten from his teacher.

I love these books! I love these books because of the way they talk about poetry. I don’t read much poetry, but this is such a nice introduction to it. I also love the way Miss Stretchberry (Jack’s teacher) uses poetry in the classroom. This book always inspires me to be a better teacher.

All the poems referenced in Hate That Cat are included at the end of the book, along with a wonderful list of poetry books for further reading or to use in the classroom. You can read Hate That Cat and Love That Dog in one sitting. They are such wonderful books!

On a side note, I also love Sharon Creech’s picture book A Fine, Fine School. I always read it during the first week of school.



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