Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Children's Book Review: How Rocket Learned to Read

How Rocket Learned to Read
How Rocket Learned to Read
Written and illustrated by: Tad Hills
Published by: Schwarts & Wade, 2010

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.

* While I've been home with my son this year, one of my greatest accomplishments has been teaching him how to read.  My daughter, now 6, was reading independently by 4 which was something that I could not take credit for.  Something just clicked with her and she's been off and reading non-stop ever since.  With my son though we've been working daily since November going over letters, sounds, and sight words.  He can now read many sight words and knows almost all the letter sounds and can sound out words that he doesn't know.  It's exciting and rewarding to see how much he's learned in the past couple of months.  This book seemed fitting to read to my son, showing how a bird teaches a dog, Rocket how to read.  As bird begins with the the alphabet, where reading begins, Rocket's not interested.  But when the bird tells a story, Rocket becomes interested in finding out the ending.  And this is what motivates him to learn to read.  We're a big fan of books with cute animals and Rocket is definitely an adorable dog!  This was an enjoyable book for us. 

Family Rating:  1 1/2 thumbs up.

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