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A friend and former colleague recently recommended these books to me. We taught third grade together and I always looked forward to her latest and greatest picture book finds. Well, these hit the mark. Perfect for both teachers and parents, the Rocket stories are endearing, but never preachy. Literacy can make a great story!
The bird is symbolic of the most beloved teacher you have ever had, the most inspiring, the most patient. Rocket is the most reluctant student who is then reached by a caring and willing teacher. May this book be shared far and wide!
In this terrific sequel, Rocket collects words.
He decides to write a story. "But no story would come." He finds inspiration in pine needles and feathers and tries to make friends with a mysterious animal in a pine tree. He arrives at the tree to find "O-W-L.... It was a present." Rocket decides to write a story about the owl. He found his inspiration, overcame writer's block, interviewed the owl, revised to include details, and even illustrated his story. What better way to teach the writing process than by writing a compelling story about writing?
http://tadhills.com/rocket - Author website includes information on the books and iPad App
http://mag.amazing-kids.org/2010/12/01/amazing-kids-interview-with-tad-hills/ - an interview with Tad Hills