Fire! Fire! Hurry! Hurry!

Fire! Fire! Hurry! Hurry!

by Andrea Zimmerman, Karen Barbour
     
 

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It's a quiet evening at the fire station. Captain Kelly has just cooked his firefighters a delicious spaghetti dinner. But suddenly --

DING!
DING!
DING!

The alarm rings. And these dedicated firefighters must slide down their fire pole, jump into their fire truck, and rush to the rescue.

Again and again as the

Overview

It's a quiet evening at the fire station. Captain Kelly has just cooked his firefighters a delicious spaghetti dinner. But suddenly --

DING!
DING!
DING!

The alarm rings. And these dedicated firefighters must slide down their fire pole, jump into their fire truck, and rush to the rescue.

Again and again as the hungry firefighters sit down to eat -- DING! DING! DING! -- the alarm rings. it's not a quiet evening at the fire station after all. it's a very busy one, and you're invited to come along for the ride.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Pitching this upbeat firehouse adventure to preschoolers, Zimmerman and Clemesha (Trashy Town) and Barbour (I Have an Olive Tree) ably stoke children's admiration for firefighters without fanning any fears. As the firehouse crew readies for dinner, Barbour's zippy, candy-colored gouaches marshal an all-animal cast: a striped cat sits next to a pink mouse; a green elephant and a Dalmatian finish a game of checkers and a lion carries in a platter of spaghetti. But the alarm sounds ("Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!") and the firefighters rush off to the flower shop: "Fire! Fire! Hotter! Hotter!/ Hurry! Hurry! Water! Water!" While a few curlicues of smoke float almost benignly at the top of the busy spread, readers' attention is more likely to be drawn to the confetti-patterned flower shop or the firefighters as they matter-of-factly work their firehose. The plot repeats several times, with the firefighters returning to their dinners but again interrupted by the alarm. This construction is both funny and judicious: it gives kids a sense of control over what would otherwise be chaotic, and it invites them to join in on what becomes a refrain of "Fire! Fire!..." There's just enough onomatopoeia to let readers try out their own siren sounds without tipping into three-alarm noisemaking, and a bedtime ending winds the proceedings to a calm close. Ages 4-up. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A simple, pleasingly repetitive text and colorful, neon-bright paintings show a team of animal firefighters who become progressively hungry as every attempt to sit down to eat their delicious spaghetti dinner at the firehouse is interrupted by the DING! DING! DING! DING! of the fire alarm. First they put out a fire at the flower shop, then at the toy shop, then at the pet store, and finally at the bakery, receiving a fun gift from the shop owners each time. Children will soon be chiming in to the repeated refrain: "Fire! Fire! Hotter! Hotter! Hurry! Hurry! Water! Water! The team works hard together. Can they put out the fire? Yes!" At the end of a long busy evening, after the firefighters finally enjoy their much-postponed spaghetti dinner, now supplemented by bakery cake and ice cream, all that is left to put out is . . . the light. One might wonder how delicious the spaghetti dinner would in fact be after so many interruptions � mightn't it have gotten just a tad cold by now? � but the book offers a cheerful celebration of the tireless willingness of firefighters to serve their communities, perfect for reading aloud to young children. 2003, Greenwillow,
— Claudia Mills
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Captain Kelly and his firefighters sit down to a spaghetti dinner when "Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!" the alarm sounds. "Where's the fire?" the animals ask, as they drive through town. Upon hearing cries of "Help! Help!" they spot the flower shop ablaze. The trusty crew comes to the rescue and is rewarded with a bouquet of flowers from the shop owner. Returning to the station and sitting down to eat, they hear "Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!" and they're off to the toy shop. Again saving the day, they once again sit down to dinner, and, well, you guessed it. After handling two more fires, they finally enjoy the spaghetti, plus the cake the baker gives them in gratitude. Children drawn to books about fire fighting will love the characters, from the yellow lion captain to his assistants, a green alligator and elephant, a pink mouse, a blue cat, and others. The repetitive text lends itself well to reading aloud, and the bold, gouache illustrations awash with color can be seen from a distance. A busy, bright addition to picture-book collections.-Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Again and again, a team of four-legged firefighters puts dinner on hold when a series of fires breaks out in the neighborhood. Barbour's (The Ancestors Are Singing, above, etc.) folkloric illustrations are alive with energy and eye-popping color. In the opening spread, for example, the station bustles as the crew prepares a spaghetti dinner. A blue bear stands at a red stove; a lime-green elephant plays checkers with a Dalmatian in purple overalls; a yellow lion serves a platter of swirly pasta while a pink mouse, striped cat, and an alligator set the table. "The firefighters sit down and start to eat," the authors begin. "But suddenly- / DING! DING! DING! DING!" The fire is at a flower shop. "Fire! Fire! Hotter! Hotter! / Hurry! Hurry! Water! Water! / The team works hard together. / Can they put out the fire?" Of course they can, and in a framed vignette, the shopowner shows her appreciation by presenting the crew with a bouquet. On the facing page, the firefighters sit around the dinner table, now beautified by flowers. But just as they're about to eat, duty calls and the crew rushes off again. Youngsters are sure to join in as the alarm rings and the catchy refrain will likely have them chanting while the crew puts out each fire. The toy shop, the pet store, and the bakery are all saved. In the end, the firefighters finally get to enjoy their meal but, by then, it's been augmented by loads of gifts. A joyful celebration of team work, sure to please the preschool set. (Fiction. 4-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060297596
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/27/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.76(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Andrea Zimmerman received a degree in fine arts for children from California State University at Los Angeles and a graduate degree from the UCLA dental school.

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