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How Rocket Learned to Read

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· Schwartz & Wade
· Hardcover · Ages 3-7 years
· July 27, 2010 · $17.99 · 978-0-375-85899-4 (0-375-85899-7)

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

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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A New York Times bestseller

A 2010 Parents’ Choice Silver Award

An Autumn 2010 Children’s Indie Next Pick


Review, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, September 12, 2010:
"A perfect picture book for kids 3-7."

Review, THE BOSTON GLOBE, October 3, 2010:
"A picture book all about the joys of reading could easily turn preachy and dull. But “How Rocket Learned to Read’’ defies gravity. Rocket is lovable, the little feathered teacher adorable. Hills tells his sprightly story as needed, not one word more or less. His pictures flow with soft color and movement. Hills makes this a story of friendship. It may persuade tentative kindergarteners that school is worth a try; teachers and librarians will love it."

Review, KIRKUS REVIEWS, June 15, 2010:
"Hills’s gentle, sweet tale is a paean to the joy of reading and the teachers that inspire it."

Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, June 14, 2010:
"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."

Review, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, July 2010:
"Youngsters will find this addition to Hills’s cast of adorable animal characters simply irresistible."

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WINNER 2010 - Parents' Choice Silver Honor Book
WINNER 2011 - Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices
WINNER 2010 - New York Times Bestseller
WINNER 2010 - Publishers Weekly Bestsellers
WINNER 2011 - IRA Teachers' Choices
WINNER 2010 - Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best books
FINALIST - CBC Awards & Honors
FINALIST - Bank Street Child Study Children's Book Award
FINALIST - IRA Children's Choices
WINNER - Irma Simonton Black Award
FINALIST - Virginia Young Readers Program Award
NOMINEE - South Carolina Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - Nebraska Golden Sower Award
NOMINEE - Bank Street Child Study Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - IRA Children's Choices
NOMINEE - Irma Simonton Black Award
NOMINEE - Virginia Young Readers Program Award

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Duck & Goose and Duck, Duck, Goose. He has created four board books featuring the same characters: What's Up, Duck?, an ALA Notable Book; Duck and Goose, 1, 2, 3; Duck & Goose, How Are You Feeling?; and Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin. He is also the illustrator of Waking Up Wendell, by April Stevens; My Fuzzy Friends; and Knock, Knock, Who's There? Tad Hills lives in Brooklyn with his wife, their two children, and a dog named Rocket who has not (yet) learned how to read!

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