How Rocket Learned to Read
by Tad Hills
Rocket is minding his own business, taking a nap under a tree when a yellow bird tries to teach him. Rocket is having none of that, and moves his napping place. But he can’t help but hear as the little bird reads a story and then stops just before the good part! Well, Rocket can’t wait to find out what happened in the book, and then eases into the world of the written word. This could be just another “Reading is Great!” titles, but the author saves it from becoming preachy with gentle humor and endearing illustrations. The book also subtly shares that learning to read is work. Fun work, maybe. Rewarding work, definitely. But that it isn’t a skill picked up overnight. This helpful message makes this book a natural for preschool or school storytimes, and will be just a valuable one-on-one with your own beginning reader.
Give this book with some beginning reader titles or look for more Ways to Give a Picture Book or over a hundred other Ways to Give a Book this holiday season.
The Letter R
Book: Duck? Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, or Rabbit Ears, by Amber Stewart
Fingerplay: “Five Little Rabbits”
Five little rabbits sitting by the door.Book: Rattletrap Car, by Phyllis Root
One hopped away, and then there were four.
Four little rabbits moved under a tree.
One hopped away, and then there were three.
Three little rabbits drinking morning dew.
One hopped away, and then there were two.
Two little rabbits resting in the sun.
One hopped away, and then there was one.
One little rabbit isn’t any fun.
He hopped away to find the others,
and then there were none.
Book: Rain Drop Splash, by Alvin Tresselt
Song: “Rain, Rain Go Away
Book: Ruby the Copy Cat, by Peggy Rathman, or Ruby’s Wish, by Shirin Yim
Song: “Ram Sam Sam”
A ram sam samBook: Hello, Robots, by Bob Staake
A ram sam sam
Guli, guli, guli, guli, guli
Ram sam sam...
Alternate Books: Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney; How to Hide a Crocodile and Other Reptiles, by Ruth Heller
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