Dot the Fire Dog

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There are few things more fascinating than fire trucks and the firefighters that race to the scenes of emergencies in them. This lively picture book captures all the excitement of a firehouse by presenting a day in the life of Dot—a romping Dalmatian firedog!

Dot the dalmatian that lives at a firehouse accompanies the firefighters when they rush to a burning house.

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Overview

There are few things more fascinating than fire trucks and the firefighters that race to the scenes of emergencies in them. This lively picture book captures all the excitement of a firehouse by presenting a day in the life of Dot—a romping Dalmatian firedog!

Dot the dalmatian that lives at a firehouse accompanies the firefighters when they rush to a burning house.

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Publishers Weekly
Desimini's (Sun & Moon) day in the life of a firehouse dog seems uncharacteristically dull. The events themselves offer drama firefighters rescue a man in a burning house while Dot rescues the man's kitten but the matter-of-fact text and the static oil paintings are so low-key that they do not convey the excitement inherent in the plot. Devoid of dialogue or imagery, the narrative is occasionally interrupted by directives to the characters: "They pull on their big rubber boots and put on their pants and their jackets. Don't forget your helmets. You, too, Dot." But whether they are running, eating a bowl of soup or sliding down the firehouse pole, the multicultural men and women of the firehouse seem frozen in space. Their faces remain grim whether they are putting out the fire or playing checkers. The fire safety tips at the book's conclusion may be useful for fire safety lessons but, despite the cheery Dalmatian-spotted endpapers, this is a rather antiseptic view of these everyday heroes at work. Ages 3-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Bold oil paintings illustrate a story about Dot, a Dalmatian who serves as a member of a multi-cultural team of men and women working out of fire station number 21. The story begins and ends in the calm of the firehouse with Dot sound asleep by the firefighters' big rubber boots. When the alarm sounds, the firefighters rush to put out a blaze of unknown origin. Dot helps her team rescue a sick old man from an upstairs bedroom, then goes on to rescue a little kitten all by herself. The pictures and text depict typical activities of the firefighters before, during and after a call. Desimini portrays events that can be very scary to young readers in a way that informs but does not frighten. The book ends with a list of "Dot's Fire Safety Tips," which can serve as a jumping off point for discussions about fire prevention and safety both in school and at home. 2001, Scholastic/Blue Sky Press, $15.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ellen R. Braaf
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PreS-Gr 2-A simple story on a perennially popular topic. The circular tale begins and ends in the firehouse, a surprisingly cozy spot where Dot "sleeps by the firefighters' big rubber boots." Called away from their leisure activities, the dalmatian and her colleagues suit up to answer an alarm. When they reach a burning house, one firefighter rescues a sleeping man while Dot finds and carries out a tiny kitten. The fire is eventually put out and, their work done, the firefighters return to the firehouse. A short list of fire-safety tips appears on the final page. Desimini's bright colors and uncluttered compositions perfectly suit the straightforward style of her text. Whether picturing the firehouse, the city streets, or the burning house, the paintings offer quirky perspectives and unusual angles. The artist includes both genders and a variety of races on her fire-fighting team, but of course the real star is Dot, the fire dog.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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A usually venturesome artist tries for a younger audience, with cutesy, sticky-sweet results. When the alarm goes off, Dot the firehouse dog dons a helmet and races with her firefighting crew to a burning house. While the firefighters tackle the rather tidy blaze and rescue an old resident, Dot carries out his slippers, then goes back to bring out a kitten, earning a lick on the nose (from the kitten) once the fire is out. The pictures are reduced to essentials, with large, simple, static forms, sharply divided areas of saturated, more or less evenly applied colors, and minimal shading. A page of fire safety tips, some of which seem to be addressed more to adults, is appended. The big red fire engine will please post-toddlers (and the varied skin tones of its crew's men and women, their parents), but next to Chris L. Demarest's Firefighters A to Z (2000) or Gail Gibbons' classic Fire! Fire! (1984), there's not much here but empty calories. Reserved for that reader who wants anything at all about firefighters. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439233224
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.19 (d)

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