Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms

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Who has time for hugs when they're busy fighting fires, driving an ambulance, and rocketing off to Mars? This little boy and his sister pretend to be all kinds of heroes-but they won't take a break to give Mom a hug. She reminds them that even firefighters hug their moms, but it's beginning to look like she will never get a cuddle!

An imaginative boy pretends to be a firefighter, policeman, construction worker, and other busy people, but he realizes that it is ...

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Overview

Who has time for hugs when they're busy fighting fires, driving an ambulance, and rocketing off to Mars? This little boy and his sister pretend to be all kinds of heroes-but they won't take a break to give Mom a hug. She reminds them that even firefighters hug their moms, but it's beginning to look like she will never get a cuddle!

An imaginative boy pretends to be a firefighter, policeman, construction worker, and other busy people, but he realizes that it is important to take time to give his mom a hug.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In this celebration of the imagination, a busy youngster concocts a series of pretend games, using toys, furniture, household objects, and even his baby sister to complete each scenario. First, as Big Frank, he puts on his protective gear, grabs Firefighter Sally, rushes to a burning building in a hook-and-ladder truck, and uses a long-hosed vacuum to battle a blaze. Next, as Officer Dave, he and Rex the police dog (his sister) place a wagonload of stuffed-animal criminals safely behind bars. As the creative child takes on these and other intriguing roles, his mother asks him repeatedly to pause long enough to give her a hug, but he is always too involved to stop his play. The sought-after squeeze is finally awarded on the last page. The boy narrates his adventures in accessible language that expresses his excitement and provides inventive details. Mom's recurrent request makes a familiar refrain that adds a bit of humor to the story and helps to connect the child's flights of fancy to the everyday world. Mixing realistic images with shimmering textures and soft edges, the artwork extends the text and fleshes out each scene. Golf clubs stuck between an ottoman and an easy chair become the gears of a front loader, a ceiling fan becomes a Coast Guard helicopter, and stacked-up boxes make a perfect rocket. A good pick for sparking pretend play and maybe even an occasional embrace.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Two busy children use their imaginations to become firefighters, EMTs, police officers, and more, but they still take time to give their mother the affection she desires. When couch cushions become ground control for a space shuttle launch and a cage full of stuffed animals becomes a jailhouse full of criminals, it's obvious that some imaginative young people are hard at work. Playing along, their mother repeatedly reminds them that construction workers, helicopter pilots, and "even firefighters hug their moms." Too busy to stop, this little boy and his younger sister seem to fly from one game to the next, but they finally pause to give their mother a reluctant hug. A sheepish grin from the young boy makes it clear that he enjoys the affection as well. Amusing and colorful illustrations feature the creative duos work as they turn every imaginable object into one of their toys. Riding on the wave of stories featuring everyday heroes, this story of imaginative youngsters is appealing if ultimately an extra. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142401910
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/9/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 279,109
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.06 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine Kole MacLean is the author of Mary Margaret and the Perfect Pet Plan and Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms.  She lives in Holland, Michigan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    We love this book! It's sweet, cute, and fun for kids and parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    Childhood Imagination and Reality Meet

    My kindergarten students were completed captivated when I read this book to them. I heard the comment, 'What a GREAT story!' from many voices. This book is all about the wonderful imaginative world of children as it meshes with the wonderful world of love between themselves and their parents!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2002

    Life is full of important business, hugs included.

    This wisely written and delightfully illustrated book is an opportunity to see how pretend play is serious business and how a mom gently reminds the child of his need to take time for hugs even though serving and protecting is a full-time job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2002

    "Firefighters' Sparks the Imagination

    I read this inspiring picture book to my three boys, ages 3,6, and 10. A story of a small boy trying the grown-up world on for size through an active imagination captivated my sons' interest. Each pretend scenario captures the essence of childhood while the dialogue between mother and child is humorous and poignant. The young boy takes his pretend play very seriously and his mother endearingly plays along. My measure of an excellent read-aloud children's book is the number of times my children ask for a reread along with the book's impact on their own imagination. This book succeeds on both counts. Most importantly, upon finishing the story all three boys spent an entire afternoon constructing their own space capsules and construction sites. When a book has the power to inspire young minds, as this one has, it deserves a permanent place on your shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2002

    Great for your favorite little boy!

    This is one of the best picture books I've seen in a while. It's funny, true-to-life, sweet, and adventurous. I love the pictures, and I think the portrayal of brother and sister playing/"working" together is a valuable one. I'm definately buying at least two copies: one for my busy little nephew, and one for my personal library. Please check it out!

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