Reading Aloud – To You! Part 2

Dogs speak words

But only poets

And children


~Patricia MacLachlan~

I continue reading aloud The Poet’s Dog, by Patricia MacLachlan, with chapters two and three.  Chapter two is 6:48 and chapter three is 1:44.

In chapter one you met Teddy the dog who found the children, Nickel and Flora, in a snowstorm.  In the following chapters, Teddy takes the children to Sylvan’s cabin.  There is much to learn.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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65 Responses to Reading Aloud – To You! Part 2

  1. Ritu says:

    Love it, Jennie!

  2. beth says:

    loved this book, thanks to you. and love that line.

  3. Darlene says:

    It helps that you are such a good reader and your kindness shows as you read. I am loving this.

  4. This is such a delight, Jennie. To me it’s not about the story at all — It’s about you reading it. You could probably read the phone book and make it seem marvelous. 🙂 Hugs on the wing.

  5. beetleypete says:

    Have you thought of creating your own ‘read aloud’ You Tube channel, Jennie?
    I think it would be a hit with adults and children alike. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  6. Loved this Jennie… You have such an engaging manner that you hold the listener spell bound.. Thank you ❤

  7. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, thank you so much for this post, and I love the idea suggested by Pete for you to create a You Tube channel.

  8. Oh, I’m so glad the children aren’t orphans! I felt so sad when Teddy went to the window to look out after Flora’s question about Sylvan. You’re a great storybook reader!
    I’m looking forward to chapter 4. Thank you!

    • Jennie says:

      I’m so glad you’re hooked on the book, Deborah. Did you know Ox Cart Man (one of my favorite books) was a poem? I had no idea! And yes, it was so sad when Teddy went to the window… Hang on for a great ride on this book! Many thanks, Deborah. 🙂

      • No, I don’t know that Ox Cart Man is a poem. Do I know that book? Going to look it up. It has a familiar ring to it.

      • Jennie says:

        I think you will recognize the book. It starts with the farmer loading up his cart with everything this family made over the year, and walking to Portsmouth (a ten day walk). The illustrations are by Barbara Cooney, if you know the Miss Rumphius book. Ox Cart Man is one of the BEST books!

  9. Jane Lurie says:

    What a wonderful idea, Jennie. Thank you for promoting reading to young children. 😀

  10. Excellent Jennie. You gotta get off that brick hearth though. Need something soft.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, John. Actually, the brick hearth is much like how I am in the classroom. On the floor with children is a good thing. And, I tried to pick a reading spot in my house that wasn’t distracting. Bricks are pretty neutral. Like Faith, the shoes have to be okay. Next time, no sneakers! 🙂

  11. That’s how I grew up – learning that the animals can talk, if we will only listen.

  12. cindy knoke says:

    Oh I love this & it is so true!

  13. So wonderful! A pleasure to listen ..💫💕💕

  14. Dan Antion says:

    I love listening to you read. I can easily see why your students like story time.

  15. petespringerauthor says:

    Gosh, I miss reading to kids. Good stuff, Jennie.

  16. CarolCooks2 says:

    Beautifully read, Jennie I think Pete’s idea is a great one 🙂

  17. Another lovely chapter, Jennie. Great reading.

  18. Oh how I love this! I feel like the child again, sitting and holding onto my grandma and listening to her stories. So comforting and such a great book!!!

    • Jennie says:

      That’s so nice, Anne. I’m glad this gave you warm memories with your grandma. And yes, it’s a great book! Many thanks. More to come. 😀

  19. I love the dog letting himself out to pee. (He is a dog, after all.)

  20. Opher says:

    You read so well!

  21. I am enthralled with this story and how you read it! I felt like a five-year-old sitting on the floor in front of you listening. I agree with Pete’s suggestion of reading on UTube. The volume was a challenge for me this go-round, not sure why. I’ll listen to the next one tomorrow. It’s my bedtime now. 😉 Thanks for reading me a story. 🙂

    • Jennie says:

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the story! Knowing that you are like my school children, listening to the words makes my day. Not sure about the volume problem. I make sure it is turned up on my phone. Thanks so much, Marlene. The next two chapters are posted. I will keep going with this book!!

  22. Great Jennie. Love it very much. The background looks like you are sitting in an old castle. 😉 Michael

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