How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

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Learn to read with this New York Times-bestselling picture book, starring an irresistible dog named Rocket and his teacher, a little yellow bird. Follow along as Rocket masters the alphabet, sounds out words, and finally . . . learns to read all on his own!

With a story that makes reading fun—and will even help listeners learn to read—this book is ideal for kindergarten classrooms and story hour or as a gift for that beginning reader. Fresh, charming art by Tad Hills, the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Duck & Goose, will make this a favorite.

And don't miss the instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, Rocket Writes a Story.


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About Tad Hills

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TAD HILLS is the author and illustrator of the ALA Notable Book Duck & Goose and Duck, Duck, Goose, both New York Times bestsellers. His Duck & Goose board books include the ALA Notable Book What's Up Duck?, and the Indie bestsellers, Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin and Duck & Goose: It's Time for Christmas. He is also the author-illustrator of the New York Times bestselling How Rocket Learned to Read, which Kirkus Reviews calls "a paean to the joy of reading and the teachers that inspire it. Lovely."
 
Published July 15, 2010 by Schwartz & Wade. 41 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The little yellow bird introduced in How Rocket Learned to Read (2010) continues to teach and encourage this special dog.

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The (optional) narrator, actor Hope Davis, reads in a deliberate, even-toned way, and as she does, each word of the text is highlighted—and whether or not the “Read to Me” track is selected, she pronounces any word or letter on the screen that is tapped.

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Teachers and librarians will read this book to youngsters just beginning their first encounters with “the wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet,” and those new readers will identify with Rocket’s accomplishment.

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A digital version of a 2010 tree-book about a small dog set on the road to reading by a clever avian educator.

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Rocket is as cute as can be, and he's all dog.

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With characters as memorable as those in Hills’s Duck and Goose series, this good-natured story shows readers how Rocket, a spotted puppy, becomes a beginning reader, thanks to a little yellow bird. H

Jun 14 2010 | Read Full Review of How Rocket Learned to Read

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Along the way, Hills gently demonstrates the power of stories to build bridges: a shy owl in a pine tree (the subject of Rocket’s story) gradually befriends Rocket as the dog shares his story with her.

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With characters as memorable as those in Hills’s Duck and Goose series, this good-natured story shows readers how Rocket, a spotted puppy, becomes a beginning reader, thanks to a little yellow bird.

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In 2010, author/illustrator Tad Hills brought picture-book readers the joyous tale of Rocket, a white dog who learns to read—and his teacher, a little yellow bird—in How Rocket Learned to Read (also in App form).

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Examiner

However, Rocket would rather nap then learn to read, so the bird just starts reading aloud a story of a dog who has found something hidden under a lilac bush.

Aug 16 2010 | Read Full Review of How Rocket Learned to Read

Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that the picture book Rocket Writes a Story is the sequel to How Rocket Learned to Read, which is available as a book and an iPad app.

Jul 24 2012 | Read Full Review of How Rocket Learned to Read

Common Sense Media

With lovely illustrations, a cute plot, and great narration by actress Hope Davis, HOW ROCKET LEARNED TO READ — BY TAD HILLS would already be a wonderful picture book app.

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Shelf Awareness

James's erotic trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed) has sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. as Vintage trade paperback and e-book, as well as Random House Audio, editions.

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Shelf Awareness

In this edition of Kids' Maximum Shelf--the monthly Shelf Awareness feature that focuses on an upcoming title that we love and believe will be a great handselling opportunity for booksellers everywhere--we present How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills, which goes on sale as a hardcover pictureb...

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Kepler's

Over my years in children’s books, I’ve learned this to be true: 1.

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Shelf Awareness

He traces “A-B-C” in the snow, and sounds out “W-I-N-D” and “C-O-L-D.” Just when Rocket looks the most downcast, we watch the snow “M-E-L-T” and know that spring will soon return and the little yellow bird with it.

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This month Stephan, Cricket (in photo at right), and Sam have fallen for Tad Hills’ adorable How Rocket Learned to Read, which is coming from Schwartz & Wade in July of 2010 What books made your kids enthusiastic about learning to read?

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