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PreS-Toddlers will enjoy this oversize board book that features the endearing black-and-white pup, his yellow-feathered mentor, and the wide-eyed owlet featured in previous "Rocket" books. The first spread is a close-up of Rocket running through the grass. Lowercase, hand-lettered words identify "dog, tail, paw, ear, spot, nose," and "stick." Next, a series of verbs including "wag, dig, melt, run, sniff," and "nap" appear illustrated with the humorous poses fans of the series have come to love-snout in air, tail a blur-Hills knows dogs. Two spreads of a wood-framed blackboard with white-chalk-labeled illustrations are also included. These pictures represent random common objects such as foods, animals, household items, a car, and a robot. One page offers a close-up of the little bird, another has four evocative thumbnails of the dog labeled "mud, wind, snow," and "moon." Another spread introduces opposites with owl "up" and Rocket "down" or his tail the only indication that he is "in" a hollow log as opposed to "out." Lying cozily in the grass, the eager student listens to a story with a pile of books nearby. The final spread, "Small words that will come in handy," is a bit confusing as it features abstract sight words like "also, had, since, about," and "very" that babies or toddlers might not grasp. Still, the signature oil and colored pencil illustrations are colorful and charming, and the message that books and words are important is certainly a worthy one. More than 100 words/concepts are identified for little ones to learn.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schoolsα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Rocket, the adorable dog star of How Rocket Learned to Read (2010) and Rocket Writes a Story (2012), returns in a large-format board book. The text consists of short, individual words, usually illustrated with simple paintings or white line drawings on a blackboard. Paintings clarify concepts such as up and down, in and out. The final double-page spread, offering 30 unillustrated words such as very, about, and where, may please parents attempting to teach preschoolers to read, but young children will prefer the earlier pages, featuring pictures of Rocket with his tail in motion for wag and his uplifted snout for sniff. Fun to share. Preschool. --Carolyn PhelanSee all Editorial Reviews
Bought for my grandson - we love to read to him and we added this to his collection. Sturdy overside board book that withstands his little drooling.Published 2 months ago by LegoMom
Very nice book. Both my one year old and two year old grand-daughters enjoy this book. I have ordered another Rocket reads book for thier birthdays.Published 5 months ago by Colleen kelly
Rocket learns to read was much more fun...there was more plot to it. This one is a bit too simple.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
My students love this book! They are kindergartens and love that they can spell words by looking at the pictures. Great book for any primary child.Published 10 months ago by Mary Mcgough
Our favorite book! It has lots of great words for little ones with wonderful pictures! Love all of the Tad Hills books but this one is our favorite. Read morePublished 10 months ago by LAMH