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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.”
Kids' Indie Next List, Summer 2012
Check out this fun conversation between Duck & Goose and Rocket [PDF].
Top Customer Reviews
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