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Children's LiteratureBrassy the fire engine works with Captain Bill and other firefighters throughout the city by putting out fires, saving people from burning buildings, and getting stray cats off of roofs. Nevertheless, the city expands and the little fire engine is soon replaced by bigger, newer fire engines. After a bit he is transferred to a quieter section of town where a smaller fire engine is more useful. Both Captain Bill and Brassy are upset over the new situation but the fire chief will not change Brassy back to the old firehouse until he shows that he is still useful by going down a smaller side street in order to help put out a large fire that the bigger engines can't get to. Bright paintings illustrate this story about usefulness and the idea that no matter how small you are, you are still important. 2005, Little Brown and Company, Ages 5 to 8.