How Rocket Learned to Read

How Rocket Learned to Read

by Tad Hills


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How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

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.

And don't miss the instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, Rocket Writes a Story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375858994
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/27/2010
Series: Rocket Series
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 55,520
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

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!

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

A New York Times bestseller

A 2010 Parents’ Choice Silver Award

An Autumn 2010 Children’s Indie Next Pick

Review, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, September 12, 2010:
"A perfect picture book for kids 3-7."

Review, THE BOSTON GLOBE, October 3, 2010:
"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, June 15, 2010:
"Hills’s gentle, sweet tale is a paean to the joy of reading and the teachers that inspire it."

Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, June 14, 2010:
"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."

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

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How Rocket Learned to Read 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Sweetonbooks More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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BUSYNURSE More than 1 year ago
Beautiful illustrations. A very sweet, reassuring story for the preschool set. Bought this for a birthday gift. Think I will have to buy another for my own preschooler.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read for the child who is interested in letters, reading, or school. Charming story with great illustrations! It's an instant favorite in our house.
Shana Watson More than 1 year ago
My son loves when i read this book to him! The pictures are really nice too.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Rocket didn’t know what he was getting into when he sat down under the tree to take a nap. He just wanted sleep but before winter came, this dog got more than just a few zzzz’s. He got himself a friend, an education and exciting adventures. Rocket tried to ignore bird but bird needed a student and as she read, her voice filled the air and it intrigued Rocket. He needed more of what bird had to offer. Bird taught Rocket what she knew and Rocket, he soaked it all in, they were more than student and teacher. A close bond had emerged for when the wind changed direction and the snow began to fall, bird flew away and Rocket found himself waiting for the day when school would begin again. What a wonderful book! I loved how Rocket tried to ignore bird but she kept reading and then Rocket gets involved in the story. Rocket is then so involved in the story that he can’t wait to hear her read more. His excitement is felt in the text and in the illustrations. Bird is patient and fragile and the illustration where bird is holding this huge book and Rocket’s eyes are spiked with curiosity is one of my favorites. It’s an excellent book all around.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
This book is certainly a winner and it is quite understandable why it became a New York Times- bestselling picture book.  If you are not familiar with Tad Hills's work then you are in for a treat indeed.  Rocket, an adorable little pup, loves chewing sticks and having naps. One day his whole life changes. He hears someone reading a story out loud. He is so enamoured by the story that he comes back the next day to find out how the story ends.   The story reader is an irresistible, smart yellow bird whose goal is to teach Rocket to read.   She inspires him with enchanting stories in her book collection so he understands why reading is fun and also necessary.  She lures him in by the power of words, imagination and the creativity that books contain. As she reads out loud to him she purposely does not finish stories so his curiosity will bring him back again the next day to see how the story ends.  Such a successful teacher is she that when she flies south for the winter Rocket continues on his reading journey all on his own,  just because he is hooked and thrilled to do so.  Rocket not only discovers the joy of reading but makes a cherished friend to share the love of books with, namely the little yellow bird.   The illustrations are perfect.  The expressive and cartoonish pictures bring the story to life.  I highly recommend this book to both parents and teacher's alike.  Learning to read is a very important milestone in a child's life and this amazing book can get him/her off to an excellent start on a very exciting adventure into the world of words and stories.
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This is a very cute story that may be used to help inspire young children to also become young readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read and gave this cute story to my grandson. He was inspired to create a story of his own with things around him. He writes words in a notebook, and we sit and come up with short stories for him to write down. He then reads and re-reads them to everyone. It will be awesome to keep his collection in tact for when he is older to see.
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Hallanshaker More than 1 year ago
My five year old loves this book. He also liked it when he was four. It is charming, the pictures engaging, and the pace is just right.
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This book is great for helping kids understand how learning the alphabet and phonics translates into reading. My 3 year old loves it!
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