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Rocket Writes a Story Hardcover – July 24, 2012
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Starred Review, 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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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).
" 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
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."
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for my 7 year old. We are using it to learn how to write a story, I found some worksheets etc online that goes a long with this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alhsjej
cute book. pretty long for a kids' book. 4th graders love it.Published 2 months ago by Frequent Amazon Customer
I loved this story and used it in a writing lesson for my first graders on how to start writing a story.Published 5 months ago by catwilliams
The children in the story circle are insistent--their teachers don't stand on pencils. Maybe that's because they're not like Rocket's teacher, the little yellow bird. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Margaret Welwood, Scissortown