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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Hate That Cate Book Review

    Hate That Cate by Sharon Creech was very cute story. As I started to read it, I was a little confused by the way it was writeen. This book is written in a poetry style. The story revovles around a young child, Jack and how much he hates cats. He is writing different poems that Miss Stretchberry (his teacher) encourages to continue working on, to help him improve his writing. Within his poetry, Jack addresses many different ideas about cats and why he does not like them as well as why he can't understand why others do like cats.

    This story is fun and exciting to read, also easy to follow. If you are looking for a story that will keep your attention and wanting to read more, then Hate That Cat is the book. I think that this book is suitable for children around the ages of 7-11 years old.

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  • Posted November 17, 2010


    Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
    This book was quite interesting, but may have the reader a little confused a first. The main character Jack writes in diary form through poetry. This book would be a very useful tool for teaching students about the different types of poetry. Jack tells his story through poetry, and is lead through the school year writing poetry in Mrs. Stretchberry's class. He has many strengths and weaknesses when writing poetry and constantly refers to his uncle, saying he would or would not like this type of poetry. Jack struggles writing some of the poems he is assigned, and without knowing realizes these concepts he is learning are a way to help his deaf mother. Jack also has a hatred for a big fat cat, and is continuously referring to this cat in his story. Throughout the story he begins to fall in love with cats, even though he has stated numerous times, he does not like CATS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2010

    I hate that fat black cat!

    Newberry Medalist, Sharon Creech, told about the adventures of Jack in Hate That Cat. In her book, she allows the reader to understand that there are two things that Jack knows for sure. He hates that black fat cat and poetry. Although the more he learns about both the more he realizes that they are not that bad. He misunderstood both of them. Jack writes has to write about poetry in Miss Stetchberry's classroom. In his poems he also mentions literacy terms that he is learning about in school. Such examples are alliterations, onomatopoeia, simile, and metaphors. Jack does not tell what each of these words is, but he does describe them through examples in his writing. "My mother is like a plump chair all squishy soft and huggy when you sit in her lap" is an example of Jack describing what a simile is (79).
    I did not enjoy the book as much as I have others. I felt the book was boring and slow most of the time. An example is every time Jack listed a poet he would then write "(alive?)" and then go on to a different topic. I do have to give him credit for being a quizative student and wanted to learn more about the poets he was leaning about in school. I thought because it was a slow book that it was easy for me set down and walk away from it.

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  • Posted November 16, 2010

    Hate That Cat

    Hate That Cat is about a student, Jack who is in Miss Stretchberry's classroom. Almost everyday Jack has to write in his journal, mostly the entries have to relate back to a poem. In the journal Jack talks about his family, his dog that recently passed, different poets (he is always curious to know if that poet is still alive), and how he hates cats. He hates one particular fat black cat in his neighborhood. Read this book and found out if Jack continues to hate cats or if he has a change of heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2010

    Check this book out!!!

    The book Hate That Cat is really unique in its writing style. The writing is an easy read that would be a good way to introduce poetry to 3rd/4th graders. The poetry is made by Jack and his life with his dog sky, big fat black cat, new kitty, and his uncle that does not like his poetry. The book also contains famous poets. I really enjoyed the end of the book that but all the poetry together in full poems and with their author whether it be famous, Jack or his uncle's. Though the book is not in sentences it is a short glimpse of Jacks life through short sentences that is put into Jack poetry. Each page is a new day and Jack always has something to say good or bad about the day.

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  • Posted March 5, 2009

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    Hate That Cat

    Creech, S. (2008). Hate That Cat. New York: Joanna Cotler Books.

    As a person who loves cats and would choose a little antisocial, clawing beasty over a dog any day, I paused before picking up Hate That Cat. My love for the companion book Love That Dog (2001) helped me to overcome my hesitation. Both books help teach about poetic form, demonstrate how writing and reading can help students and also show how a teacher's thoughtful comments and guidance can assist a student through difficult situations.
    Through reading Jack's poems written throughout a school year, Jack struggles with defining poetry-it's rhythm and line length, and he learns and applies some techniques such as metaphor, alliteration, onomatopoeia. Jack also struggles with learning how to accommodate his deaf mother while trying to move on to love a new pet.
    While Hate That Cat deals with the same themes as Love That Dog and includes charming poetry, it still falls short of its predecessor. It's a little less funny, a little less poignant.

    Activities to do with the book:

    This is a good book to use while teaching poetry terms since Jack both uses the terms and applies them throughout the book. Having students create illustrations for the poems would be a good way to check comprehension. They could also write their own poems in conversation with Jack, Miss Stretchberry or their teacher.

    Favorite Quotes:

    "Her arms hold you in
    so you won't fall
    and will feel
    safe" (p. 79).

    "I never knew
    a writer could do that-
    tell a whole story
    poems" (p. 113).


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