Have you read the book, Love That Dog by Sharon Creech?  I really enjoyed this book which is writen in prose poetry.  It is about a boy, Jack, who doesn't think poetry is for boys, but  his teacher reads some of the poems by great authors and she also encourages Jack.  Jack's year is ended by a classroom visit from Mr. Walter Dean Meyers, the author of Love That Boy, a poem that has become the boy's biggest inspiration.    We just received Hate That Cat also by Sharon Creech, the second book and I can't wait to read it! "
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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Edward Tulane is a china rabbit with an extensive wardrobe. He belongs to 10-year-old Abilene, who thinks almost as highly of Edward as Edward does of himself. Even young children will soon realize that Edward is riding for a fall. And fall he does, into the sea, after mean boys rip him from Abilene's hands during an ocean voyage. Thus begins Edward's journey from watery grave to the gentle embrace of a fisherman's wife, to the care of a hobo and his dog, and into the hands of a dying girl. Then, pure meanness breaks Edward apart, and love and sacrifice put him back together--until just the right child finds him. With every person who touches him, Edward's heart grows a little bit softer and a little bit bigger.
This books is recommended to children and adults of all ages.