- Reading level: Ages 4-8
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; 1 edition (July 27, 2010)
- ISBN-10: 0375858997
- Source: Library
Rocket is an adorable little puppy who loves to do little puppy things, like chase leaves and chew sticks. At the end of a day, he would plop down in his favorite spot under his favorite tree. One day, he happens upon a little yellow bird. This little bird is a teacher, so Rocket must be his student!
When the little bird discovers that Rocket can’t read, teaching him to read becomes the little bird’s mission. Rocket is very reluctant to read; he’d much rather take a nap. This doesn’t dissuade the little bird. She picks up a book and begins to read anyway.
At first Rocket was annoyed by the book. But in no time at all he become absorbed in the story. He pictures it in his head. The anticipation builds up and he must know the end of the story.
Every day Rocket returned to the little bird’s classroom. She teaches him the alphabet, how to sound out each letter, and soon they were spelling entire words!
But soon the spring turned to fall and the bird flew away, promising to return in the winter. Despite the cold winter, Rocket couldn’t stop thinking about reading! He continued to practice his letters and sound out words, and before long it was spring again!
This time, Rocket and the little bird began to read together
I read How Rocket Learned to Read to my youngest son, who will be starting kindergarten this fall. Since his brother has reviewed for me, as well as his father, he wanted a turn at reviewing. So, here are Justin’s brief comments:
Why did you like this book?
I liked Rocket. I like dogs!
Other than Rocket, was there anything else you liked about this book?
YES MOM! Rocket was learning to read. I am learning to read! Rocket spelled out letters in the snow! Mom, can I do that when it snows!?
Yes, Justin. It’s 90 degrees out now so we might be waiting a little while. Was there anything you didn’t like about this book?
Yes! It was over!! Oh, and when the teacher bird left in the winter, I was sad.
So there you have it…Justin’s reviewing debut!
Personally, I loved How Rocket Learned to Read because it describes the steps to learning how to read in a fun and exciting way. The illustrations are vivid and interesting. It grabs the reader’s attention, just as all books should. As I explained to Justin as we read, if he follows the steps that Rocket took, with time and practice he, too, would be reading before he knew it.
How Rocket Learned to Read is the perfect book for a preschooler or a child just about to enter kindergarten.
Since we’re about to start kindergarten here, Justin & I have been reading a lot of books about school and kindergarten. Check back each week as we feature our favorite back to school/kindergarten books!
Is there a book about going back to school or starting kindergarten that you’d like to recommend?
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Tags: 4-8 years of age, Kid-lit, Kid-Lit/Middle Grade, kindergarten, learning to read, reluctant reader, Review, Tad Hills