It sounds like a great book. I almost bought it because I love reading poetry books. If you do too, may I suggest a better one? "Inside out and back again". Great book about a girl moving from Saigon during a war. *SPOILER ALERT* Her dad dies and her mom and brothers are sad as well as the girl too. People at her new school make fun of her and call her "Pancake face" because of her Asian body and short straight hair. She is the number one target for an albino boy that she calls pink boy. He is probrably mean to her because he suffers bullying himself. I know that I started talking about another book just now but "love that dog" sounds great. Sharon Creech is a talented author and I really enjoy her stories.
P.S.- As a fifth grader, Sharon Creech is my favorite author at the time.