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*Rocket Writes a Story* by Tad Hills
Also written and/or illustrated by Tad Hills:

Duck and Goose: Let's Dance!

Duck and Goose: Colors!

Duck and Goose: Goose Needs a Hug

How Rocket Learned to Read

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin (oversized board book)

Duck and Goose: It's Time for Christmas!

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin

Duck, Duck, Goose

Waking Up Wendell

Duck & Goose

What's Up, Duck? (A Book of Opposites)
Rocket Writes a Story
by Tad Hills
Ages 4-8 40 pages Schwartz and Wade July 2012 Hardcover    

Tad Hills’ absolutely adorable little dog, Rocket, is back in this sequel to his well-liked How Rocket Learned to Read.

Rocket now loves to read; he is inspired by books and is fascinated by words. He starts looking for words everywhere, always coming back to a special pine tree. Bringing his word collection back to his outdoor classroom and teacher, a little yellow bird, Rocket decides to write a story.

Rocket’s problem is that he doesn’t know what to write. His teacher gives him ideas—write about something he is familiar with, something that inspires him. Rocket talks to his favorite pine tree but gets no response. Finally, a quiet owl in the tree talks to him, so he decides to write about the owl living in the tree.

Rocket works on his story every day, sometimes drawing pictures, other times just thinking. His teacher asks questions to help him add details. Owl always wants to know “Is there more?” When Rocket’s story is complete, so is this wonderful book.

Rocket Writes a Story is perfect for beginning readers and writers. First-grade teachers will jump all over this book, especially as they introduce writing assignments or a writer’s workshop program.

Despite the fact that he is writing a book, Rocket is still a dog. He wears only a collar and postures himself as a dog and relates to other animals with doglike mannerisms. His expressive eyes reflect the wonder and newness of a young “person” excited about of the writing process.

This book is an excellent model of the writing process. Children need to know that it takes time to write a good story; the input of others, especially a teacher and good friends, result in the best work. Highly recommended.

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