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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Golden Sower Primary 2013
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; 1 edition (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375858997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375858994
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 2 An endearing white dog with black spots loves chasing leaves and chewing sticks. He also loves napping under his favorite tree. Then his sleep is interrupted one spring day by a tiny yellow bird that designates him her first student. Rocket wants no part of her lessons, but the bird is determined to teach him to read. She returns each day, hangs an alphabet banner from the trees, and gushes, Ah, the wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet. Then she begins to read a story, stopping at an enticing part. Overcome by curiosity to hear more, Rocket eventually enters into the bird's lessons, and the two have a grand time using the mighty, gorgeous alphabet to spell out all the things in Rocket's world. The bird leaves as winter approaches, but Rocket continues practicing, spelling everything in sight. And when Bird returns the following spring, a tail-wagging, eager-to-read student greets her with joy. The illustrations, rendered in oil and colored pencil, offer full pages, spreads, and oval vignettes. They depict Rocket in all his various moods, from diagonal brows raised in displeasure to delight at his teacher's return. Adults will love the bird's enthusiasm, her use of stories, and her ability to associate lessons with Rocket's everyday life to win over her reluctant pupil. Youngsters will find this addition to Hills's cast of adorable animal characters simply irresistible. Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
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More About the Author

Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of many books including the New York Times Bestselling Duck and Goose, Duck, Duck, Goose and How Rocket Learned to Read. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two kids and dog Rocket who has not learned to read...yet.

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Customer Reviews

Great book to read to children just learning to read.
Paws for Success
In the story Rocket is hesitant about reading... doesn't want to do it and thinks it seems impossible.
Colleen D. Gallagher
The illustrations are incredibly sweet and the story is cute.
Mom2Michael

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Mom2Michael on August 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We received this book just yesterday, but my son took one look at the illustration on the front and immediately wanted to read it. Often when this happens, the story doesn't hold his interest. This time was different. He stayed interested, laughing at Rocket with his nose covered in mud and showing emotion as we read each page.

But even better than that, he was not afraid to try sounding out the words. He has known his letters and their sounds for ages, but seldom shows any interest in sounding out words. Instead, he memorizes the books and pretends to read. With this book, he was very willing to sound out the words. And, he surprised me by obviously knowing several words by sight that I had no idea he had learned!

This book is adorable, enjoyable for both the child and the adult. The illustrations are incredibly sweet and the story is cute. Overall a great book to encourage early reading.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Abigail S. King on August 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book that has inspired my daughter to actually try and read for herself so I'm bound to be extremely biased in its favor. BUT after the first go-around she was begging me to read it again (which generally only happens with the infernal Disney Princess books). I had a great time helping her sound out words and watching her delight when she got words right. It's a perfect book to get your feet wet with when prompting a pre-Kindergartner to try out reading for themselves. And on top of that, the illustrations are beautiful and very sweet. I like the Duck and Goose books too, but Rocket definitely takes the biscuit when it comes to cuteness.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By sunny swimmer on August 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My three-year old son loves this book, and so do I. It is a sweet and original story of a little bird who takes it upon herself to teach a dog to read. Though the dog initially resists, but is then lured into reading after being captivated by a book that was read to him by the little bird. This is a clever storybthat teaches children about friendship, the power of words, the joy of studying, and the power of the "wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet!"
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wiley on December 4, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was titled in the heading as "How Rocket Learned to Read". I read with an elementary school child who reads below grade level (with a group who provides reading therapy) and had this book recommended to me. I was very, very disappointed when I received this book because I can't even use it. It, for some reason, is a British version of the book -- "How Rocket LEARNT to Read" and "behavouir" and "practises" and "favourite" and other british spellings are prominent. I can't even use this book, because the child is learning these words, and "Learnt" is not the same as "Learned", obviously. I guess I'll have to give it to somebody who can read it aloud to their toddlers, and can edit the language. The story and pictures are very cute, but this is a huge disappointment (and a waste of $$) for me. I wish this book had been noted as a British version. Sorry I ordered it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Colleen D. Gallagher VINE VOICE on August 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The cover and the title grabbed my attention. The doggy on the front is so cute sitting in the grass with a yellow bird on his nose. Who could resist? Plus any book about encouraging reading is always a plus in my world. The inside proved to be as adorable as the front cover - for sure judge this book by it's cover. Rocket is the dog and the yellow bird becomes his teacher. In the story Rocket is hesitant about reading... doesn't want to do it and thinks it seems impossible. With the help of the little yellow bird Rocket masters the alphabet, sounds out words, and finally . . . learns to read all on his own! I imagine this book being read in a Kindergarten and First grade classroom where kids are learning to read. Children will be able to make a text to self connection with the story. Rocket is like a child first learning how to read. It's really hard at first, but gets easier as he learns. His teacher is there to help him and together they can do this!!! Soon Rocket begins to understand that reading opens up a new world for him just as it will for all who learn to read. This book should be on the shelf of every k-2 teachers shelf. Teachers will love it and so will students.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sweet on Books on May 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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!
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