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Rocket Writes a Story Hardcover – July 24, 2012


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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: 10.6 x 9.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.”

Kids' Indie Next List, Summer 2012

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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The story and illustrations are adorable.
C. Stephens
And the kids definitely have their preferences, but this one she has enjoyed reading many times- just as she did with the first one( How Rocket Learned to Read)!
LBA mother of 3
I highly recommend this book and it's companion, Rocket Learns to Read.
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24 of 25 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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11 of 11 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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3 of 3 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 A. Ryplewski on August 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
My son loves this book, it keeps him engaged and does a good job of highlighting short early learning words. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alison's VINE VOICE on August 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Yay for Rocket!!

We adore Rocket in our house. The 7 year old was a reluctant reader in his pre-school years. Two years ago, when Tad Hills first published How Rocket Learned To Read, I was encouraging my little guy to read and it was the PERFECT book at the perfect time.

Well, Tad Hills has done it again, and Rocket is growing with his audience. The son who was just learning to read two years ago, has picked up a pencil and is starting to write stories...just like Rocket!

We had the opportunity to meet the author/illustrator at Clinton Book Shop. Actually, I was exhausted from a very busy day, but my little guy BEGGED me to go! (I have such a smile on my face as I'm writing this, by the way.)

Tad Hills was so kind and generous with all the kids he met, and even showed them photos of the real Rocket, his dog who is the inspiration for the puppy in the book. My little guy started reading ROCKET WRITES A STORY right there in the store, and didn't take his nose out of the book until after we got home.

While Rocket learns to read from his patient yellow bird teacher in the first book, Rocket Writes a Story takes the next step - writing. Rocket has a tree filled with wonderful words that he can read and write. Now, bird encourages him to put those words together and make his own story. He does so, and makes a new friend in the process.

Rocket remains a favorite of ours, and I highly recommend the Rocket books for any child in your life!
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