How Rocket Learned To Read by Tad HillsHow Rocket Learned To Read by Tad Hills

How Rocket Learned To Read

byTad HillsIllustratorTad Hills

Picture Books | July 27, 2010

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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.

And don't miss the instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, Rocket Writes a Story.
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 ...
Title:How Rocket Learned To ReadFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 10.81 × 9.88 × 0.38 inPublished:July 27, 2010Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375858997

ISBN - 13:9780375858994

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 5 out of 5 by from the gift of reading 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.
Date published: 2014-03-07

Editorial Reviews

A New York Times bestseller A 2010 Parents’ Choice Silver AwardAn Autumn 2010 Children’s Indie Next PickReview, 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."Review, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, July 2010: "Youngsters will find this addition to Hills’s cast of adorable animal characters simply irresistible."