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Learn to read with this New York Times-bestselling picture book, starring an irresistible dog named Rocket and his teacher, a little yellow bird. Follow along as Rocket masters the alphabet, sounds out words, and finally... learns to read all on his own!

With a story that makes reading fun — and will even help listeners learn to read — this book is ideal for kindergarten classrooms and story hour or as a gift for that beginning reader. Fresh, charming art by Tad Hills, the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Duck & Goose, will make this a favorite.

Review:

"With characters as memorable as those in Hills's Duck and Goose series, this good-natured story shows readers how Rocket, a spotted puppy, becomes a beginning reader, thanks to a little yellow bird. Hills uses expressive oil and colored pencil spot art (and a subtle sense of humor) to engage readers as Rocket becomes the bird's pupil; the enthusiastic teacher wisely hooks Rocket on stories before interesting him in 'the wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet.... Where it all begins.' The illustrations emphasize Rocket's responsiveness and wide-eyed curiosity as he learns letters (the bird holds up a worm while pointing to W) and progresses from there. 'Together they sang out the sounds that each letter makes and spelled the sounds they heard around them.' If the details of Rocket's transition can be nebulous ('Soon they were spelling words') Hills still emphasizes the need for practice ('Rocket thought about the bird's sweet chirp while he sounded out words like D-I-G and W-I-N-D and C-O-L-D'). The amiable characters and gentle text — as well as an alphabet banner the bird strings up — make this a decent primer for humans, too. Ages 3 – 7. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"A perfect picture book for kids 3-7." Chicago Sun-Times

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"A picture book all about the joys of reading could easily turn preachy and dull. But How Rocket Learned to Read defies gravity. Rocket is lovable, the little feathered teacher adorable. Hills tells his sprightly story as needed, not one word more or less. His pictures flow with soft color and movement. Hills makes this a story of friendship. It may persuade tentative kindergarteners that school is worth a try; teachers and librarians will love it." The Boston Globe

Review:

"Hills’s gentle, sweet tale is a paean to the joy of reading and the teachers that inspire it." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Youngsters will find this addition to Hills’s cast of adorable animal characters simply irresistible." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

This sweet picture book starring an irresistible dog named Rocket and his teacher, a little yellow bird, is perfect for back-to-school! Follow along as Rocket masters the alphabet, sounds out words, and finally... learns to read all on his own.

With a story that makes reading fun — and will even help listeners learn to read — this book is ideal for kindergarten classrooms and story hour or as a gift for that beginning reader. Fresh, charming art by Tad Hills, the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Duck & Goose, will make this a favorite.

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About the Author

Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Duck & Goose and Duck, Duck, Goose. He has created four board books featuring the same characters: What's Up, Duck?, an ALA Notable Book; Duck and Goose, 1, 2, 3; Duck & Goose, How Are You Feeling?; and Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin. He is also the illustrator of Waking Up Wendell, by April Stevens; My Fuzzy Friends; and Knock, Knock, Who's There? Tad Hills lives in Brooklyn with his wife, their two children, and a dog named Rocket who has not (yet) learned how to read!

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Klickitat, January 28, 2011 (view all comments by Klickitat)
Although reluctant to learn at first, Rocket discovers a passion for reading with the help of an enthusiastic teacher.

Hills' newest book is being marketed as a combination picture book/easy reader. The book trailer features children reading the book to themselves and the acknowledgments credit a professor of "reading education" at James Mason University, among other relevant experts. However, Rocket is not an easy reader, that is, not quite. While some of the text would be perfect for a child who is just learning to read ("Rocket loved to play. He loved to chase leaves and chew sticks."), some of it is probably too difficult ("'Ah, the wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet,' she marveled.") While it's conceivable that a child could read the whole book alone without becoming frustrated, it's very likely that child would consider themselves too old for a picture book. I estimate that the text as a whole scores at least third grade reading comprehension. But a third grader has probably moved on to transitional chapter books and might be embarrassed to be seen with a picture book. The true audience for this book is first graders, who are learning to sound words out, just like Rocket does. But it's unlikely first graders could tackle words like "glorious," "disappeared," or "interrupted" (all featured in the text) without an adult's coaching. The illustrations, while charming and detailed, do not support the text's meaning or give clues for comprehension, as is common in other easy readers.

It's recommended that caregivers "read" this book along with children. Let the child hold the book and read aloud but be ready to offer help during the more difficult passages. Alternately, it would make a good read-aloud for first or second graders. Children will enjoy spelling words out along with Rocket.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375858994
Author:
Hills, Tad
Publisher:
Schwartz & Wade Books
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Reading
Subject:
Animals - Dogs
Subject:
Books & Libraries
Subject:
Bedtime & Dreams
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
11 x 10 x 1 in 2.4375 lb
Age Level:
04-07

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With characters as memorable as those in Hills's Duck and Goose series, this good-natured story shows readers how Rocket, a spotted puppy, becomes a beginning reader, thanks to a little yellow bird. Hills uses expressive oil and colored pencil spot art (and a subtle sense of humor) to engage readers as Rocket becomes the bird's pupil; the enthusiastic teacher wisely hooks Rocket on stories before interesting him in 'the wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet.... Where it all begins.' The illustrations emphasize Rocket's responsiveness and wide-eyed curiosity as he learns letters (the bird holds up a worm while pointing to W) and progresses from there. 'Together they sang out the sounds that each letter makes and spelled the sounds they heard around them.' If the details of Rocket's transition can be nebulous ('Soon they were spelling words') Hills still emphasizes the need for practice ('Rocket thought about the bird's sweet chirp while he sounded out words like D-I-G and W-I-N-D and C-O-L-D'). The amiable characters and gentle text — as well as an alphabet banner the bird strings up — make this a decent primer for humans, too. Ages 3 – 7. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A perfect picture book for kids 3-7."
"Review" by , "A picture book all about the joys of reading could easily turn preachy and dull. But How Rocket Learned to Read defies gravity. Rocket is lovable, the little feathered teacher adorable. Hills tells his sprightly story as needed, not one word more or less. His pictures flow with soft color and movement. Hills makes this a story of friendship. It may persuade tentative kindergarteners that school is worth a try; teachers and librarians will love it."
"Review" by , "Hills’s gentle, sweet tale is a paean to the joy of reading and the teachers that inspire it."
"Review" by , "Youngsters will find this addition to Hills’s cast of adorable animal characters simply irresistible."
"Synopsis" by , This sweet picture book starring an irresistible dog named Rocket and his teacher, a little yellow bird, is perfect for back-to-school! Follow along as Rocket masters the alphabet, sounds out words, and finally... learns to read all on his own.

With a story that makes reading fun — and will even help listeners learn to read — this book is ideal for kindergarten classrooms and story hour or as a gift for that beginning reader. Fresh, charming art by Tad Hills, the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Duck & Goose, will make this a favorite.

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