How Rocket Learned to Read Board book – January 2, 2079
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A 2010 Parents’ Choice Silver Award
An Autumn 2010 Children’s Indie Next Pick
Review, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES:
"A perfect picture book for kids 3-7."
Review, THE BOSTON GLOBE:
"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, KIRKUS REVIEWS:
"Hills’s gentle, sweet tale is a paean to the joy of reading and the teachers that inspire it."
Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
"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."
Review, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:
"Youngsters will find this addition to Hills’s cast of adorable animal characters simply irresistible."
About the Author
- Publisher : Schwartz & Wade (January 2, 2079)
- Language : English
- Board book : 36 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593177797
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593177792
- Reading age : 3 - 7 years
- Grade level : Preschool - 2
- Item Weight : 5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 7.5 inches
- Customer Reviews:
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Well, that's what we have here. Rocket has a certain wide-eyed cheerful appeal without being dopey or simple. He is adventurous but alert. He is brave and resourceful. He is sometimes bemused or inattentive, but he is not a foolish character. In this volume he's learning to read with the help of a very determined little bird. Between the drawings, (which are charming and expressive), and the narration, (which is clear but not patronizing), you get a story that is easy enough to follow, maybe with a little help, and very satisfying. There is a lot of extra business scatterred throughout the illustrations, so there are things to talk about or to point out to your little reader as you go through the story.
"Charm" is a bit of an overused description, so let's just say that this book is a mellow little lark. And sometimes that's just what you want. A nice little find. Definitely worth a look.
The follow up book about writing a story is a bit over my son's head, but would be much more appropriate for most 5-6 year olds or a very advanced 4 year old. If you enjoy this book, I'd highly recommend the Step 1 reader Rocket's 100th Day of School. Great for counting and really cute too.