Drop It, Rocket!

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Overview

Rocket, the beloved dog from the New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read and Rocket Writes a Story, is back in a Step 1 leveled reader. Rocket is ready to find new words for his word tree with his teacher, the little yellow bird. He finds a leaf, a hat, and a star . . . but when he finds a red boot, he doesn’t want to let go. What will make Rocket drop it?

With predictable patterns, simple words, lots of repetition, and bright, colorful illustrations,...

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Overview

Rocket, the beloved dog from the New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read and Rocket Writes a Story, is back in a Step 1 leveled reader. Rocket is ready to find new words for his word tree with his teacher, the little yellow bird. He finds a leaf, a hat, and a star . . . but when he finds a red boot, he doesn’t want to let go. What will make Rocket drop it?

With predictable patterns, simple words, lots of repetition, and bright, colorful illustrations, young readers will love this new Rocket book, which they can read all by themselves!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Rocket, a small dog, and his friend, a little yellow bird, love words, so they work together to put words on a word tree. Rocket finds things, such as a leaf, and the bird tells him to drop it. When he does, the bird tells Rocket that he is a good dog, and they put the word on the word tree. Rocket finds a hat and a star and they add those words to their tree. When Rocket finds a red boot, he likes the boot and refuses to drop it. The bird asks Rocket if he will drop the boot in exchange for a ball. When Rocket still won’t drop the ball, the bird offers him a stick or a sock. Then Owl finds a book for Rocket, and he drops the boot. Rocket is a good dog again, and the word tree has all the words that they found. This book is on Step 1 of five reading levels in the “Ready to Read: Step into Reading” series. The suggested reading level is for preschool and kindergarten children. It contains big type, easy words, rhythm, and picture clues. The simple and cute illustrations and the repetition of words should be helpful to children who are learning to read a basic word vocabulary. The amusing story and the animal characters make it entertaining as well. This book would be useful for parents who are teaching their children to read, and it would be a good resource for schools. Reviewer: Vicki Foote; Ages 4 to 7.
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
PreS-K—In this easy reader, Rocket and the little yellow bird love to collect words for their word tree. Rocket is good at collecting (and dropping) things to add to their tree, until he meets a boot he doesn't want to let go of. He is offered a stick, a ball, and a sock until Bird discovers what he'd like more than a boot—a book! After Rocket lets go of the boot, everyone settles down to enjoy the new book. The last page shows their word tree with all the new words on it—inspiration for a word tree of one's own? Rocket would like that. Simple, cartoon illustrations take children through the story and clearly show the plot. A good addition for emerging reader collections.—Melisa Bailey, Harford County Library System, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385372480
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/8/2014
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,546,760
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Tad Hills

Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of the highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read, Rocket Writes a Story, Duck & Goose, Duck, Duck, Goose, and Duck & Goose Go to the Beach. His board books include the ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book What’s Up, Duck?; Duck & Goose, Goose Needs a Hug; and Rocket’s Mighty Words. Tad lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, their two children, and a real dog named Rocket.

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  • Posted April 27, 2015

    A few weeks ago I was working at the Book Fair at my Kindergarte

    A few weeks ago I was working at the Book Fair at my Kindergartener son's school.  I had to buy this book so that I could justify buying the little Rocket dog that went with it. 
    This book (and Rocket) are adorable.  My son can read this book pretty easily, so I didn't buy it as a challenge for him.  I bought it because it is a fun book to read over and over again.  And did I mention how adorable that Rocket dog is?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Great book!

    Really good book, my daughter dove right into it & couldn't stop reading. Was very confident with how easy she knew the words.

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