How Rocket Learned to Read

Posted by: , August 28, 2010 in 11:44 am

How Rocket Learned to Read 2Who said learning to read can’t be fun?  For any child who is a reluctant reader or just embarking on the reading process, How Rocket Learned to Read, is a must-have book.  The story revolves around Rocket, a puppy, who is not the least bit interested in reading until a little yellow bird proves how enjoyable it can be. 

Tad Hills, known for his best selling Duck & Goose picture books, has done it again with this imaginative tale filled with adorable animal characters.  My 5 year-old, often hard to get to focus, was engrossed from the beginning.  Rocket would rather play in the leaves than learn to read, but the clever little yellow bird does not give up.  She comes every day and hangs an alphabet banner from the trees announcing, “Ah, the wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet”.  Then she begins reading a story aloud, engaging Rocket until he is eager to know the ending.  The bird smartly makes him wait until the next day to find out, solidifying his interest in reading.

Rocket now hooked, hunkers down to learn his letters and we get to see the words spelled out phonetically – separated by hyphens.  Perfect for an early reader, my son loved spelling out his ABCs, especially since they were written in the snow.  Readers join Rocket in first recognizing their alphabet, sounding out the letters and finally constructing words together with the enthusiastic little puppy.  When the bird leaves for the winter, Rocket is hooked and continues to practice spelling out words like M-U-D, while he’s covered in what else, but mud.

When the little yellow bird finally returns in the Fall, Rocket is ready to begin his lessons again.  The two settle down to read books and discover stories together.  The illustrations of the changing seasons in oil and colored pencil, are the ideal rendering for this sweet, captivating story.

A great back-to-school book, How Rocket Learned to Read is not only entertaining, but perfect for building confidence in early readers.  To order visit their website.

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