In The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan (Lexile: 510; Interest Level: Grades 1-5), we meet our main characters outside during a blizzard. Teddy finds Nickel and Flora outside looking for shelter, so he takes them home to his cabin. It is not at all strange to him (or them) that they can hear him talk. Sylvan explained to him once that only children and poets could hear dogs talk.
Through the dialog of this sweet story of two children and a dog surviving a winter storm, we learn about Teddy, his relationship with Sylvan, and about the children as well. But what will happen after the storm? Read this gem of a book to find out! (96 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.