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Rocky's School Play by [Hansen, Mike]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1302 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615842674
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EN2MBO4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,480,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 22, 2014
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Author Mike Hansen lives in Colorado where he has owned an investment firm, worked for United Airlines at the Denver International Airport, and has developed his love for children's book with his own little family. In this charmer of a book he is aided by the illustrations of Toby Mikle.

Rocky, the Oreo dog (black and white) and Leo the cat are best friends who play on opposing soccer teams (dogs vs cats), games around the farm, and in general enjoy life on the farm. The two encounter an announcement of a play called `Cowbells Are Ringing' and Rocky longs to be an actor in the play but has a fear of audiences. But when the main actor (Erik, a floppy eared dog) falls sick, the director of the play decides soccer star Rocky should take the lead. At first Rocky's fear of audiences prevents his accepting the part, but eventually he agrees and begins rehearing his lines. Some bully dogs call him a sissy for being an actor, but Leo convinces him to proceed. The play goes on, and despite some dogs in the audience hooting Rocky, the play and Rocky are a huge success. Even Rocky's enemies applaud his success and Rocky gets a big head, thinking himself better than others, and bragging about his success. That loses friends and no one wants to play with the swelled head Rocky. A little mouse named Michele discovers Rocky's depression about his loss of friends and explains it is due to his bragging. Rocky learns his lesson, apologizes to his friends and soccer mates, and all is well with Rocky, Leo, and Michelle the wise.

This is another well-told story by Mike Hansen who takes children's stories to a new level. It is a success as an entertaining story and as a book full of lessons about self-doubt, fear of crowds, the bad aspects of bragging, and more. Grady Harp, February 14
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Have you ever acted like a dope? Doing something so crazy or off putting that your friends avoided you? I would guess we all have, and this is a story that reminds us how to be ourselves.

That last we heard of Rocky he had just been dropped off in the country, and a farmer picked him up to come and live at the farm. Rocky loves it here on the farm. He has made such good friends, Leo the cat, Michelle the mouse, and Erik the Labrador, just to name a few. He fits in well, and he is the star of the soccer team. Life is good for Rocky. One day, he and Leo see a sign about a school play. Rocky thinks he might be a good actor, but then he would have to get up in front of all those people, no better not try out for the play. But, something happens and when you read this story you will find out whether Rocky becomes a star actor.

Mike Hansen, the author, has written a delightful book that brings Rocky, one of our favorite characters back into the fold. The story is full of fun and lessons to be learned. You may see yourself among the characters. Toby Mikle, the illustrator has given us bright, colorful illustrations depicting Rocky and his friends and their adventures. Parents, teachers and children will live these adventures, and the story will open up discussions of the lessons to be learned. All of us want to be the best we can be. Note: I was given this book to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 02-22-14
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We first met Rocky in the story "Rocky at the Farm," where Rocky, abandoned by his owner who had raised him to be a ferocious guard dog, now lived on a farm. He did not make friends easily, but a near tragedy brought him together with the other animals and taught him the importance of friendship.

In "Rocky's School Play," Rocky was asked to take the lead role in the school play after the star fell ill. Rocky worked hard to learn acting, and the play was a big success, with much of the credit going to Rocky. Unfortunately the praise went to Rocky's head, and he became insufferable to his friends as he bragged incessantly to everyone. After alienating his friends, it took a little mouse's advice for Rocky to see what a bore he had become and to convince him that apologies were in order.

The author made good use of the anthropomorphic dogs, cats, and mice in the story to reinforce the lesson about the importance of friendship from the first story and to introduce a lesson about being humble.
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I was contacted via email by a gentleman from PubReview who had seen that I did a review of a children's book on Amazon and wondered if I would be interested in reading this one as well. In this email, he told me about the free promotion on Amazon. It looked really cute so I picked it up.

There was something wrong with the file I received from Amazon and, even after removing it from my Kindle and re-downloading it as suggested, it was impossible to read there. I was, however, able to read it via my Cloud Reader.

Such a cute book. And really great lessons taught. I liked it. I shared it with some little ones and they loved it too, especially Michelle the Mouse "because she's really smart." I definitely recommend it. :)
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Fear, friendship and humility. Dare to be great but don't let it go to your head. Friends are important elements of both daring and remaining grounded. Rocky gets it and kids do too. These are some of life's most important lessons and many of us need to learn them over and over. Every child will learn, understand and accept these lessons from this great book at some level. At the very least, powerful seeds will have been planted. The story is developed and illustrated so well that the lessons do not overwhelm the story or come across as preachy. If you can, give the oral version a try as the reader is excellent for both the Rocky books and will hold children's interest when you can't do the reading yourself. I was given paper book copies of these books and encouraged to review them. I was surprised at their high quality and really look forward to sharing them with my grand children when they visit this summer.
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