Fire! Fuego! Brave Bomberos

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At the station, sirens sound.
Corazones start to pound.
"House fire!" says el capitán.
"Fuego! Get your helmets on!"

So begins a rollicking race to save a burning casa from the roaring flames-and these bomberos are up to the task, with hoses ready and sirens blaring. Spanish words sprinkled throughout the lively text-plus a glossary at the ...

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At the station, sirens sound.
Corazones start to pound.
"House fire!" says el capitán.
"Fuego! Get your helmets on!"

So begins a rollicking race to save a burning casa from the roaring flames-and these bomberos are up to the task, with hoses ready and sirens blaring. Spanish words sprinkled throughout the lively text-plus a glossary at the end-will enrich young readers as they cheer for the firefighters to save the day.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With more than 20 picture books to her name, Elya has built her career on stories that deftly incorporate Spanish vocabulary words into English verse. Her latest salutes a team of firefighters—among them, Juan, José, Carlota, and Hector—who race into action. “ ‘House fire!’ says el capitan./ ‘¡Fuego! Get your helmets on!’/ Down the pole they grab their gear./ ‘¡Rápido! We’re out of here!’ ” Elya’s verse never falters, and it fuels the story’s tension and drama. The text provides ample fodder for Santat’s colored pencil illustrations, which incorporate digital elements, as well as the thematically appropriate use of fire and water. Certain pages are singed during the height of the fire, others are stained with water after the bomberos break out their hose. “Aim el agua, hear the sizzle—/ soon they make las flamas fizzle.” The meanings of most of the Spanish words can be inferred from context, and a glossary is also included. The firefighters’ determination, grit, and camaraderie—all fully evident in Santat’s cinematically action-packed scenes—are sure to bolster childhood ambitions of joining their ranks. Ages 3–6. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Ramirose I. Attebury
Uniquely blending two languages, this rhyming book praises the brave deeds of firefighting men and women. Using English as the main language for the text, the author incorporates a considerable number of Spanish words to describe the activities of firefighters Juan, Jose, Carlota, and Hector. When they and their capitan manage to put out one of the many fires they deal with, they realize that a small kitten has been trapped inside the building. Wrangling for the opportunity to save the creature, the firefighters finally send in Carlotta, who climbs a ladder and rescues the animal. After a long day of work, the tired and sweaty crew heads back to the station and climb into bed, only to hear a dispatcher asking for their assistance again. All Spanish words are shown in bold, and they are as likely as the English words to complete the rhymes. A glossary with a pronunciation guide at the back will provide assistance to any readers unable to determine the meaning of the Spanish words although most will be discernible from context clues. Bright illustrations done largely in red, yellow, and orange hues will also help readers understand the story. This book would make a good addition to any public or school library. Reviewer: Ramirose I. Attebury
Kirkus Reviews
Elya has proven herself a master at painlessly weaving Spanish vocabulary into her stories, and this latest is no exception. Four bomberos and el capitán race to gear up and get to the fire after the alarm sounds. As humo fills the sky, they work together to aim the hose and douse las flamas. Firefighting is a perennially popular topic, and while the actual story here is rather unexceptional, Elya makes this book stand out in other ways. Yes, there are Dalmatians in the station and a fire pole to slide down. There is danger and the rescue of a cat. But there is also a woman on this firefighting team, and as always, Elya's rhyming couplets are a joy to read aloud. Context clues as well as words that are close to English make most of the Spanish vocabulary easy to decode. A glossary helps readers with any they may be unsure of and provides pronunciation help. Santat's illustrations also help to set this firefighter book apart. From the first page, he thrusts readers into the action with up-close views created with colored pencil, water on ink print, fire and Photoshop. His firefighters are real people with needs, interests and fears, who sweat and get dirty. This winner is sure to find a spot on shelves, although it won't stay there long. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599904610
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 304,281
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Elya has written more than a dozen wonderful rhyming picture books with Spanish incorporated. She lives in California.

Dan Santat is a children's book writer, a commercial illustrator, and the creator of Disney's animated hit, The Replacements. He lives in California with his wife, two kids, a rabbit, a bird, and a cat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    My four-year-old son and I love this book!

    My four-year-old son and I love this book!

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