Firebears, the Rescue Team

Firebears, the Rescue Team

by Rhonda Gowler Greene, Dan Andreasen

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Through the hole.
Hurry, slip-slide down the pole!

Who are the rescue heroes of Fire Station Number Eight? The Firebears!

Sound the siren, grab the hoses, stretch those ladders. Rescue! With Firebears on the job, no blaze is too big to brave-it's all in a day's work. So put on your fire hat and come for a ride


Through the hole.
Hurry, slip-slide down the pole!

Who are the rescue heroes of Fire Station Number Eight? The Firebears!

Sound the siren, grab the hoses, stretch those ladders. Rescue! With Firebears on the job, no blaze is too big to brave-it's all in a day's work. So put on your fire hat and come for a ride with the fearless rescue crew of Fire Station Number Eight.

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Publishers Weekly
Firebears/ Work and wait/ At Fire Station Number Eight," home to quite possibly the world's cutest public servants. Life as a Firebear has its slow moments; when readers first meet the carmel-colored heroes, they're doing chores around the firehouse or snoozing alongside their pet Dalmatians. But as soon as the call comes, the ursine protagonists head down the pole (the book's orientation momentarily turns vertical) and out into the streets. Gowler's (At Grandma's) concise rhymes bristle with just enough declarative urgency for the preschool set: "Firebears/ Speed through town,/ Siren wailing up and down./ Racing, rushing/ To the scene-/ Firebears, the rescue team!" By book's end, the Firebears have rescued not only the obligatory stranded cat ("Happy kisses, scratchy tongue"), but also extinguished a blazing store and saved the lives of a trapped mother and baby. Although Andreasen works in his customary soft, chunky shapes (it's hard not to be reminded of marshmallows), he nonetheless infuses the firefighting scenes with high drama. The Firebears' truck literally sails through the air (never mind that hats go flying, too), and the bears always sport admirable expressions of determination, bravery, and civic pride. A child can really snuggle up to these role models. Ages 2-4. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The alarm rings at Fire Station Number Eight and the Firebears throw on their heavy coats, hats, and boots and race through town with their siren wailing. No job is too big or too small for these amazing bears. First they retrieve a cat stranded high in a tree, then put out a fire in a store, and finally rescue a mother and child from a house billowing with smoke. "Racing, rushing/To the scene-/Firebears, the rescue team!/Round the bend/House on fire!/Raise the ladder-higher, higher!" The action never stops in this fast-moving story. The illustrations, rendered in oils on illustration board, have a retro, naive '50s look and add a light touch to the seriousness of the firefighters' duties. Perfect to read before a field trip, or for a community-helper-themed storytime.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Andreasen's 1950s-hued decor adds quaintness to this exceptional look into a day in the life of firemen, or rather, firebears. These cheery-faced, cub-sized civil servants of Fire Station Number Eight are on call night and day. Suddenly, "Ding-Ling-Ling!" Turn the book vertically to see the bears rush, "Through the hole. / Hurry, slip-slide down / the / pole!" The brave firebears race through town in their apple-red fire engine: "Firebears / Speed through town, / siren wailing up and down." Beneath a powder-blue sky, they pass adorable cottages on quiet streets. Their first call of the day is easy: A cat up a tree. But hold on, an urgent message! This time a store's ablaze. The bears douse the fire to a cheering crowd of townsfolk, or rather, town dogs. However, their work is not yet done as again the radio urges them on. Another vertical shows a house billowing gray smoke. This time they must save more than buildings. Green has written an exciting and charming ode to all firefighting heroes, whatever their species, aimed at the young cubs who will love the excitement. (Picture book. 2-5)
From the Publisher

“A loving, deeply satisfying story that lights up the path toward sweet dreams.” —Booklist, starred review on At Grandma's

“Greene's bouncy verse swings readers along through a variety of experiences . . . in this bright, warm, and cheerful picture book.” —School Library Journal on At Grandma's

“Andreasen's vibrant oil paintings expertly mesh uncluttered, nostalgic scenes of suburbia with sincere expressions of affection between this father and son.” —School Library Journal on Dan Andreasen's With a Little Help from Daddy

Children's Literature - Jillian Kobelin
The rescue crew from Fire Station Number Eight is a brave group of bears, ready to save the town. The bears answer calls ranging from stranded kittens to burning stores, and they even rescue a mom and baby bear from their fiery home. While the plot is simple and appropriate for young children, this book provides a glance at a day in the life of a firefighter. They sleep and eat at the station when on call, and handle a variety of emergencies with courage. The rhyming text is accompanied by vintage-inspired illustrations of a quaint town inhabited by round-eared, jovial bears. Just like the chorus of a children’s song, the author uses repetition to develop recall and memory: “Firebears/Speed through town/Siren wailing up and down./Racing, rushing/To the scene—/Firebears, the rescue team!” Children will love the heroic Firebears, and the story will detail some of a real firefighter’s brave acts. Reviewer: Jillian Kobelin; Ages 2 to 4.

Product Details

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Edition description:
First Edition
Product dimensions:
9.26(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
2 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Rhonda Gowler Greene has fond memories of being at her grandma’s. She remembers driving a tractor, climbing huge trees, and catching lots of fireflies. Ms. Greene is the author of Barnyard Song and The Stable Where Jesus Was Born. A former preschool and elementary teacher, she lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan, with her family.

Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of more than fifty books for young readers, including Firebears: The Rescue Team, and he's written and illustrated several of his own, including With a Little Help from Daddy. He lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.

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