Laying on the grass, watching the clouds one day, Rufus gets an idea. “I’m not going to have a lemonade stand this summer… I’m going to have a story stand!” Rufus brings pencils, paper, and markers and waits for his first customers.
It isn’t long before Millie and Walter arrive. They want a story! Rufus promises one in exchange for a special shell from the beach. The two friends head off and Rufus writes “Orange is the Best Color.” It’s imaginative and creative and exactly the kind of story you might expect from a budding writer.
More friends come, of course. Which means more stories from Rufus. Stories that will help young students understand that no special formula is needed. Ideas for stories are everywhere!
One of the hardest things for young kids to grasp is the idea that stories don’t have to be perfect on the first go. A mistake here, a redo there. Stories need to be messed with.
Yes, this book is a bit quirky. Yes, also, it’s hard to see all those smudges and “jelly stains” on the pages. But it does make a good point that I think kids and teachers can appreciate. Embrace the messiness and keep going. The best stories are those that have been fiddled with – worked through and through long enough to make it past the hard, messy parts and all the way to… THE END.
Rocket loves books. He also loves words and enjoys collecting his favorites to bring to the little yellow bird who is his teacher. All those splendid words! What should he do with them? Write a story, of course. But, poor Rocket. He suffers from the same problem many kids do. “I don’t know what to write,” he tells his teacher. “Don’t worry,” she says.
Rocket takes a long walk looking for inspiration. He thinks about his friends and notices a beautiful pine tree. He sticks his nose in the air, sniffing the gentle breeze. Before long, he happens upon something truly lovely. A rustling in the branches high above. An owl! Rocket loves her friendly face and her big round eyes.
As Rocket begins to notice the many small details he’d missed, a story starts to grow. A wonderful story about a brave, but shy owl who becomes Rocket’s friend.
Don’t miss this lovely book about yet another way to find stories. And, for an extra treat, pair this book with How Rocket Learned to Read, also by Tad Hills.