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The World According to Dog: Poems and Teen Voices

The World According to Dog: Poems and Teen Voices [Kindle Edition]

Joyce Sidman , Doug Mindell

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Funny, comforting, surprising, the words in this book explore our lives with dogs: dogs who befriend us; dogs who annoy, perplex, and accept us. Teens speak for themselves in honest and forthright essays while Joyce Sidman’s insightful poems further express the bond between dog and teen: how days of crowded hallways, pointless assignments, and blinding crushes are brought to balance by our dogs. For as Doug Mindell’s winning photographs confirm, at the end of the day, waiting at home, there is always Dog—full of hope and companionship.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15813 KB
  • Print Length: 71 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (17 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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More About the Author

Joyce Sidman is known for her fresh, inventive poetry for children. Her award-winning books include Song of the Water Boatman and Red Sings from Treetops (both Caldecott Honor Books), and Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, for which she won a Newbery Honor Award. Her books have been translated into several languages. A recent starred review said, "Sidman's ear is keen, capturing many voices. Her skill as a poet accessible to young people is unmatched." Born in Connecticut, USA, Joyce now lives in the midwestern state of Minnesota, where she teaches poetry-writing to children. Visit her at

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speaks to the Dog-Lover! 4 Oct 2003
By Lisa Johannes - Published on
What does the world look like according to a dog? It's all about noses, squirrels, stink, sleep, and love. The dogs of our worlds are not only the ones we turn to when we need love, but they are also our sources for laughter, philosophy, and for helping us feel as though our own lives have meaning.
The poems and short essays in this book represent the feelings of dog lovers and dog owners of all ages; yet, it is the words of young writers in the form of reflective essays that add the unique perspective to this book.
Some highlights of the book include the advice poem, "Always Take a Dog," which reminds you how to have a better morning walk and "The Usual Spots," the title of which refers to the places in the home where the dog waits in the different seasons of the year.
What will strike the reader first is the beauty of the book-the cover is inviting (making it okay to judge this book by its cover), and the high gloss, cleanly designed pages make each poem appear unique unto itself. The photographs on each page--some clear, some blurred, all black and white--are beautiful representations of the emotions of the poem; they were taken by Doug Mindell in response to the writing.
Non-dog lovers may have a difficult time understanding the big deal given to moments like when a puppy nibbles on your toes, but the beautiful verse and descriptive word choice will not be unappreciated by anyone. Verses like, "I want to / gather you back / midair / that handful of puppy / you once were / keep you curled / in my palm," are sweet and sentimental, and they're sure to cause the reader to let out a little, "A[...]"
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very original collection 20 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on
This book was incredibly eloquent. The poetry that Joyce Sidman wrote makes all of my fellow dog-lovers teary-eyed: the poems really capture the essence of the bond between a dog and its owner. The essays are also unique and heartfelt. They really contradict the common stereotype of shallow and immature teenagers. The photographs complement the writing in a simple and touching way. I reccommend this book to anyone!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent work 11 Mar 2003
By A Customer - Published on
This book was excellent. Teens offer such a unique perspective on dogs. Joyce makes me see both my dog and the world in a new light.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dog Lover's Delight 21 Sep 2005
By Lissa Johnston - Published on
What an enjoyable and unique tribute to dogs! The author's poems cover so many of the emotions we feel towards our beloved pets - amusement, affection, delight, and sometimes despair. Reading this book made me want to get out my camera and take even more photos of my little spoiled Chloe, all 60 pounds of her, and start writing down all the feelings bubbling up inside. Wonderful work by the photographer and touching contributions from teenage dog lovers complete the package.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For All Dog Lovers 17 Aug 2005
By Robert Sharp D.V.M. - Published on
This is a book of beautiful pictures. Ms. Sidman's word pictures of our best friends are celebrations of the human animal bond. The poetry is complemented by Doug Mindell's cool photos. The short essays by teen-agers summarize (better than any "adult" could) why dogs occupy the most important of spaces in our lives. Buy this book. You're gonna love it!
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