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Author: Tracey Campbell Pearson

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ISBN: 9780374399573

Publisher: Farrar Strous & Giroux

Binding: Hardcover

Year Distributed: 2010 - 2011 and 2016 - 2017

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Farm animals, Friendship

Book Acticity

While on a quest to discover his true voice, Bob the rooster encounters many animals who teach him their own special sounds. When he finds his own voice, he uses it to save the day!

Age Group 3 years

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Knowing the correct way to hold and handle a book
  • Understanding that words are read from left to right and pages are read from top to bottom
  • Starting to notice words that rhyme and enjoys participating in rhyming games
  • Retelling stories
  • Recognizing some of the letters of the alphabet
  • Starting to match letter sounds to letters (like knowing b makes a /b/ sound)
  • May start to recognize their name in print and other often-seen words, like those on signs
  • Beginning to understand that print carries a message

Your child has been hearing and studying the sounds of words for quite a while now. One of the tasks of emergent literacy is to be able to hear individual sounds, to make sounds, and to put sounds together to make words. When we start to play with the letters of our language, we can help our children learn that each letter represents a unique sound or sounds and when we put letters together, they can make different sounds. This is necessary for learning to read. Playing with the sounds of words by singing, reading rhyming books and playing word games can help your child master these letter-sound connections and put them on a path to reading success!

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 3-year-old as well as tips and activities for you and your child!

Why did we select this book?

Bob's journey from animal to animal looking for one who can teach him how to "cock-a-doodle-doo" is hilarious to children who know their animal sounds and know that poor Bob is not getting it right. Children who do not know their animal sounds learn alongside Bob. We chose this book for both of reasons and because, as it is read again and again, a child can learn more and find more things to laugh at. There is nothing more valuable than a book that is a pleasure each time you pick it up.

Book Acticity
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