Friday, September 6, 2013

Heading Back to School w/ Everyone's Favorite Spotted Dog, Rocket (Book Review of "Rocket's Mighty Words" by Tad Hills)

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Board book: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; Brdbk edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385372337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385372336
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 9.3 x 0.6 inches 
  • Buy now from Amazon for only $7.91.

  • "With school just about (or already!) back in session, Random House Kids has created brand new activities for Tad Hills’ #1 New York Times bestselling Rocket series. With the “Get ready for school with Rocket” activity guide, students can practice their reading and writing skills with a character they already know and love.
    In addition to this activity guide, fans of the Rocket series, if they haven't done so already, can pick up the first board book in the Rocket series, ROCKET’S  MIGHTY WORDS, which was released this Summer. Together with How Rocket Learned to Read and Rocket Writes a Story, these books are unparalleled in their ability to teach the fundamentals of learning to young students."
    "Rocket, the beloved dog from the New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read and Rocket Writes a Story, is back in a sturdy big board book for new readers. Preschoolers watch the little yellow bird teach Rocket simple words, like n-e-s-t and m-u-d. And beginning readers will love practicing their new literacy skills alongside another brand-new reader—Rocket! The larger size of this edition makes it perfect for sharing during storytime or lap time."

    My Thoughts:

    I can't get over how fast my 1 1/2 yr. old daughter, Arabella, is picking up words and expanding her vocabulary.  While Savannah didn't start talking with 3-4 word sentences until after she turned two, Arabella started walking and talking at 9 months.  And, now, she can carry on a conversation with Savannah and replies to us in full sentences.  Family and friends who have children close in age like our girls say that they have noticed this with the second child, as they pick up from the first and become quick learners.  My husband and I love seeing the girls interact, but we always find ourselves saying that we wish Arabella would slow down and enjoy being the "baby" a little bit longer, and not rush to catch up to Savannah.  Since a year old, they have been wearing the same size clothes, and are now the same weight (minus .5 ounces) and are the same height.  If you were to see them together, you would think they were twins. :-)

    So, with Savannah starting pre-school this year, Arabella wanted to do the same.  Even though she is not old enough to tag along with her older sister, we bought both girls a backpack and took them back to school shopping.  And, each night we have been sharing fun, educational stories to help add to Savannah's vocabulary.  One book that I received just the other day, but have been reading with the girls daily is the new Rocket book by Tad Hills, titled "Rocket's Mighty Words."  In the past, I have shared Tad's other popular Rocket book reviews with you, and still find myself reaching for these books when looking for a good book to snuggle up with the girls and read.  If you are not familiar with the Rocket series, it is about a little dog white dog with black spots named Rocket, who over the course of a few books written by Tad Hills, learns to read and write a story.  What I love best about these books is how Tad Hills introduces young readers/listeners to new words to add their vocabulary, while keeping them entertained with a cute and easy to follow story.  Who doesn't love a spotted dog, a yellow bird or a wise old owl?  You will find these characters in the three books written by Tad Hills about Rocket.

    And, with the little ones going back to school, this new children's book release will sure delight them, as they point out objects and tell you what they are.  I was amazed the first time I read the book to the girls, and saw how they pointed to different things and told me what they were.  I never taught them the words, but they somehow picked them through books, educational programs, etc.  Books like these make me happy as a parent to see how my girls are advancing and how by reading to them daily and talking with them, they will be ready when the time comes to go to school.  

    So, if you are looking for a book to share with your little one, or love the Tad Hills popular Rocket series, you will want to pick up a copy of this oversized board book. While Arabella tries so hard to be like her older sister, she still does things like rip pages in paperback books.  So, having this book be a board book came in handy, as she loves to pull it off the book shelf and sit and flip through the pages, as she points out things to me, her dolls and others. :-)  What will Rocket do next?  My girls and I can't wait to read another book this popular children's series by Tad Hills. :-)  But, in the meantime, we will enjoy reading this new book, and admiring the bright eye appealing illustrations of Rocket and his friends and 100 new words Rocket and your child will learn together. :-)

    Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

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