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How Rocket Learned to Read PDF Print E-mail

What You Need to Know:
How Rocket Learned to Read is an endearing story of a little dog who discovers the magic of reading.
• Children will enjoy the journey with Rocket, and if they are learning to read themselves, this book will further that
• This book just won the Irma Black Award.
• This book was nominated for 2011 Children's Choice Book Award.
Sweet Book Summary:
How Rocket Learned to Read is an adorable story of an enthusiastic little bird and her very first, albeit unsuspecting, pupil. Everyday, Rocket chased leaves and chewed sticks and when all the good play tired him out he would settle in for a nice, long nap. Then one day, the eager little bird sets up her classroom right in Rocket's napping spot and mistakenly thinks he is one of her students. Rocket moves away from the bird, but she has hung up her glorious alphabet banner and begun to read him a wonderful story out loud. Rocket becomes entranced with the story and soon wants more. He comes back everyday until the weather turns and his wonderful teacher flies south for the winter. Rocket practices his letters and his words all winter until he is reunited with his favorite teacher in the spring.

This is just a glorious book about the magic of words and the beauty in reading. Young children on the cusp of literacy will identify with Rocket and learn to read right alongside him. Those children who have acquired literacy skills already, will be reminded how marvelous the process is and little ones who still have a ways to go will be motivated. The illustrations make this book a perfect "10". They complement the story making Rocket and his little yellow teacher, wonderfully appealing. Every child should have this book!
Author: Tad Hills Illustrator: Tad Hills Published: 2010, 40 pages
Themes: Excellent Read-Aloud, Exquisite Illustrations, Humor, Books & Reading
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• How did you learn to read?
• If you haven't learned to read yet, what are you doing to learn?
• Do you think the little yellow bird really thought Rocket was her first student or was she just hoping he would want
   to learn?
• What was the first book you ever read yourself?
• What is your favorite book?
• What do you think would be a good name for the little yellow bird?
• Why do you think the dog was called Rocket?
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Dog Loves Books, Louise Yates
Interrupting Chicken, David Ezra Stein
It's a Book, Lane Smith
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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