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, Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2012:
"A perfect choice to inspire new readers and writers."

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, May 14, 2012:
“Hills is adept at showing Rocket’s setbacks and successes while offering excellent tips for children following in the dog’s footsteps…Hills gently demonstrates the power of stories to build bridges.”

Starred Review, School Library Journal, July 2012:
“Listeners, readers, and aspiring writers will appreciate the excellent description of the many ways that stories unfold.”

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 540L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375870865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375870866
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Barrington on July 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Since I loved Rocket Learns To Read, I bought this second book, Rocket Writes A Story.
I was not disappointed! I LOVE these books! They teach children about reading and writing
in a delightful format. A dog eager to learn, who has a little yellow bird for a teacher.
I am a retired elementary school teacher, who volunteers in classrooms with my 'reading' dog.
This reading program is titled R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs).
The children love interacting with a dog while reading to him/her. The Rocket books are
perfect for the younger children (K and 1st grade).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Tad Hills delivers this delightful sequel that is encouraging and inspiring for children. This appealing book will encourage children to read and write, while enjoying this adventure. Rocket loves books, and his dream is to write his own, but he needs ideas to create his story. The little yellow bird encouraged him to set out on a journey to search for ideas. Rocket makes a new friend along the way, and the owl helps him to create an idea for his story. The characters are adorable, the story is fun-filled, educational, and entertaining. Highly Recommended for children, teachers, and parents who have young children.
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" Rocket sniffs out wonderful new words in his environment, and the bird helps him create a glorious word tree. Now Rocket searches for ideas for his own story in which he can use his word collection. A shy, friendly owl provides the inspiration he needs, and he sets to work on his opus." --Kirkus starred review
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Although kids hear lots of stories, they can't make up their mind on one. Oliver, my 5 years old grandson is very much like puppy Rocket. He loves books, writes me short letters with cute drawings, and may even write, one day, his own book. Encouraged by a tiny yellow bird to look curiously around him for inspiring ideas, Rocket sets out on a journey. Along the way he notices all the small details he has never been attentive to before.

How Rocket Learned to Read is a wonderful role model promotion for the magic power of reading and writing. Kirkus starred Review say it all, "a perfect choice to inspire new readers and writers," about this irresistible sequel to the New York Times bestselling "How Rocket Learned to Read" here, a shy baby owl whom he befriend, offers him an idea for a short story. This book is sure to appeal to Oliver, his brother, Noah, baby sitter Betsy and me, Grandpa.

The book themes enhance kids social interaction; the author is artful at motivating kids not to give up, but pursue their goals. Building bridges; he coaches to enhance little children social skills grow to develop friendships. Publishers Weekly got it right, "Hills is adept at showing Rocket's setbacks and successes while offering excellent tips for children following in the dog's footsteps...Hills gently demonstrates the power of stories to build bridges."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on August 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Book Review--Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills

This picture book is an endearing sequel to How Rocket Learned to Read. Complete with lovable characters and an educational message about the writing process, makes it a winner among parents, teachers, and children. It delivers the message that writing takes time, hard work, and imagination, but it is so rewarding in the end.

As an educator, the title caught my attention as something I could possibly use in the classroom to introduce how to write a story. Then, when I read the book, I found out that was true! After reading it to my students, they were extremely excited to start writing their own stories. Mission accomplished!

There are many ways this book could connect to the Common Core Curriculum in the areas of Language Arts and Writing. 2nd grade Core Connections include:
ELA-Craft and Structure: (2.RL.5) Beginning and Ending of a Story
Production of Writing: (2.W.5) Focus on a topic; revise and edit.
(2.W.6) Collaborate and Publish Writing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Rainfield on December 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In Rocket Writes a Story, Rocket loves to read and to find new words. When his teacher, little yellow bird, asks him what he's going to do with all the words he's collected, Rocket decides that he'll write a story. When Rocket gets stuck, his teacher helps him, and then Rocket learns how to write through his stuckness. When Rocket decides to write about an owl he passes, he gains a new friend.

Hill gives many hints in this book on how to write--from needing good characters, to writing about something that inspires or excites you, to taking time to mull over the story you're writing, to showing that writing doesn't always come easily, and that sometimes it helps to take a break from writing to write well. Aspiring and veteran writers will identify with and enjoy Rocket's attempts--and then success--at writing. I enjoyed the story, though I felt at times that there could be a little less text, and a bit more actual things happening (but that may just be me). I also felt like I didn't quite connect enough, that I was missing something emotional in the story, though that again could just be me. I loved how Rocket learned to write and enjoy the process, and made a new friend through his story. The ending was feel-good, and felt just right.

Hill's illustrations are sweet, with soft colors and a softness to the characters. Rocket is adorable, both child-like and dog-like in his exploration of the world and words and new-found love of words and writing. I loved how when Rocket "found" a word, it was through finding that object (like a buttercup). I think that will help children connect to the idea that words are all around us and help us describe our world.
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