The 4th Reading Series

Mr. Mugs – Rockets Away!

The fourth monthly reading series is Mr. Mugs – Rockets Away! by Martha Kambeitz and Denise Burns, with the assistance of Dorothy H. M. Dunn, Jessie W Shular, Dorothy Simpson and Inez Sunderland.

Louis credits the Mr. Mugs books series with helping him to learn English at a very young age. The Mr. Mugs books have been out of print for many years but occasionally you can find them on eBay, Amazon Marketplace or various other antique book dealers.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Mr. Mugs
is the title character in a series of children’s books written by Martha Kambeitz and Carol Roth and published by Ginn and Company (now part of Prentice Hall). Mr. Mugs was an Old English Sheepdog who lived with two children, Pat and Cathy. These readers were used in Canadian elementary schools in the 1970s and early 1980s to teach reading. There were 3 different series (with seven levels within each series) of “Mr. Mugs” books: “Ginn Integrated Language Program”; “Light and Life Reading Series”; and “Sharing Points in Language Arts”. While two titles were published in hardcover (Rockets Away! is in hardcover), the rest of the “Mr. Mugs” titles were published in softcover.

To learn more about the Mr. Mugs books please visit the Reading Series Page. You can also watch dramatic readings of two additional Mr. Mugs books there. 

You can listen to and read all the previous book readings on the Reading Series Page.

Chapter 1 / Page 6 (August 2020)

Questions

When it’s storming here on Earth
Is it lightning up on Mars?
Does it thunder on the Moon?
Does it rain upon the Stars?

I ask myself these questions.
These are things I’d like to know.
And some day in my own space ship
I’ll learn whether they are so.

Emily M. Hilsabeck

Chapter 2/ Pages 7-9 (September 2020)

Rockets
Away!

“What’ll we play today?”
asked Tom.
“Play rockets with Cathy and me,”
said Pat.
“Let’s make a rocket – a big rocket!”
said Tom.
“Make a rocket!” said Pat. “How?”
“I saw one my friends made,”
said Tom. “Come on, help me.
We can do it. Let’s try.
When we have it ready,
we can put Mr. Mugs into it.”
The boys worked and worked.

Mother saw the rocket.
She said, “That looks like a rocket to me,
but will it go up?
How will you make it work?”
“Oh, we’re going to surprise you,”
said the boys. “We’ll try the rocket now.
Go and get Mr. Mugs, Pat.
We want him now.”
“No, no, NO!” said Pat. “Not my dog!
Mark, you go into it.”

Chapter 3/ Pages 10-12 (October 2020)

“Come on, Pat. Get Mr. Mugs.
He likes fast rides,” said Tom.
“He’ll like going up in the rocket.”
Pat didn’t want Mr. Mugs to go up
in the rocket, but he got him.
The boys put the dog into the rocket.
Mother looked surprised
when she saw Mr. Mugs in it.
“How will you do it? Will he go up
and come back?” she asked.
“Look at him,” said Pat.
“He’s afraid to go up!”
“Oh Pat!” laughed the boys.
“He’ll be back in no time.
Get ready. It’s time to go up!”

“Are you ready?
Here we go!
Three… two… one…
BLAST OFF!”

What a rocket!
What a ride!
What a dog!

Chapter 4/ Pages 13-15 (November 2020)

The next day…

Mugs 1
Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Day looked out
to see the rocket coming.
It was a big one,
bit they got it in.
“Who made it?”
asked the girls and boys.
“Tom, Mark, and I made it.
Mr. Mugs went up in it first.
At first he was afraid,
but now I think he likes it,”
said Pat.

“What did you call it?” asked Bill.
“Did you name it?”
“No,” said Pat.
“I think it should have a name,”
said Mary. “Let’s call it something.
Mrs. Cook, may we name it?”
“Yes, let’s think,” said Mrs. Cook.
“Let’s call it Mr. Mugs’ Rocket.
He was the first one to go up in it.
I think it should have his name,” said Mary.
“What do you think, Bill?”
Bill said, “I think we should call it
Mugs 1. I like that.”
“Yes! Yes!” said the girls and boys.
“That’s a good name.
Let’s call it Mugs 1.”

Chapter 5/ Pages 16-17 (December 2020)

    “Who wants to go up in Mugs 1?” asked Mrs. Cook.
    “I do! I do! I do!”
    Mrs. Cook said, “Look, boys and girls.
One at a time – one may go up in it.
Now think. Who should it be?”
    “I think it should be a boy,”
said Cathy. “I saw big boys go up
in rockets on TV.
Maybe Pat should go up in it.¨C11C It’s his rocket.”¨C12C ¨C13C     “Do you want to go up in it, Pat?” asked Mrs. Cook.

   Pat said, “I think Bill should go up.
It’s his birthday.”
“Good!” said Mrs. Cook, and Bill got in.
He called out, “Blast off for Mars!”
The boys and girls called out,
“THREE…
    TWO…
       ONE…
          BLAST OFF!!!!!”

Chapter 6/ Pages 18-19 (January 2021)

Out Into Space

“Pat! Pat!” called Mr. Mugs.
Come here.
How does it look?
Here’s Mugs 1.
I made it.
It’s my rocket.”

Pat laughed.
“It’s pink! It’s pink!
A pink rocket!” “Yes!” said Mr. Mugs.
“I love pink and
I love rockets.
Come on, Pat.
Let’s go.
Let’s go out
into space!”

Pat asked, “Where?
Where are you going?”

“Where do you want to go?”
asked Mr. Mugs.
Do you want to go to Mars?
Do you want to go to the moon?
Where, Pat? Where should we go?”

Pat said, I want to go away out
into space – awa-a-ay out.” “Good!” shouted Mr. Mugs.
“Here we go! BLAST OFF!”

Chapter 7/ Pages 20-21 (February 2021)

Mr. Mugs wanted Pat to have
a good look at his rocket.
“Look,” he said. “My rocket’s
like a home. Here’s a bed for you.
And you’ll like this –
peanut butter sandwiches for you
and milk for me.”

“Where’s the pink rocket going?”
Pat asked. “Are we going to the moon?
Are we going to Mars?”

“No, Pat,” said Mr. Mugs.
“I have a surprise for you.”

“We’re going to see something new
on our way into space!”

Suddenly Pat saw something!
“LOOK!” he shouted.
“Do you see something?
What is it?
What’s that round thing
away up in space?”

“That’s it! That’s IT!”
shouted Mr. Mugs.
“That’s where we’re going.
It’s a space station!
It’s like a station at home,
but it’s away out in space!”

Chapter 8/ Pages 22 – 24 (March 2021)

The Space Station

The space station looked
like the station at home.

But it was away up
in space.

Pat and Mr. Mugs looked at
the space station TV.
They wanted to see what it was like
on Mars.

“Should we go to Mars?”
asked Mr. Mugs.

“No,” said Pat, “I don’t think
I want to go to Mars.”

Chapter 9/ Pages 25 – 26 (April 2021)

They saw what the moon looked like.
It was big and nothing was on it –
no houses or flowers –
no boys or girls.
A man in a funny-looking moon suit was looking around.

“I don’t think I want to go
to the moon,” said Pat.

When Pat saw Earth,
he wanted to go home.
He didn’t want to go to Mars
or to the moon.<

“Good,” sad Mr. Mugs, “I think
we should go back to Earth.”

They said good-bye to the space station.
In no time the pink rocket
was blasting off for Earth.

To be continued next month!