Firefighter Ted

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Burning toast, a sizzling sidewalk, volcanoes erupting at a science fair.... Danger lurks everywhere, and not a firefighter to be found.... Ted knows it is time to become Firefighter Ted. It's the least a helpful bear can do.

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Burning toast, a sizzling sidewalk, volcanoes erupting at a science fair.... Danger lurks everywhere, and not a firefighter to be found.... Ted knows it is time to become Firefighter Ted. It's the least a helpful bear can do.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When the overzealous young bear who enjoyed a stint as a medical “professional” in Doctor Ted smells smoke one morning, he decides to become a firefighter and puts out the source of the “fire” (his breakfast toast) with a makeshift fire extinguisher (whipped cream in a can). After rescuing a kitten, two puppies and three tricycles from the sizzling hot sidewalk (he puts them all in a tree), he arrives at school only to find potential fire hazards everywhere. Lemaitre's thick lines and bold color schemes emphasize the resulting chaos as Ted “protects” his classmates, leaving them speechless (“No need to thank me,” he adds). Ted's blind confidence in his abilities will provoke lots of laughs. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
When Ted awakens to the smell of smoke, he knows he must act quickly if he is to save his house from burning. So when no firefighter can be found, he suits up, finds a fire truck and extinguisher, and rushes to the rescue—which would be fine, except that the smoke was just some scorched toast his mother made him for breakfast. En route to school, Firefighter Ted "rescues" a kitten and some puppies from the hot sidewalk, keeps the principal from overheating, and leads the parade his class makes as they trek to the school science fair. Just when everyone fears they cannot stand any more help from Firefighter Ted, he really does save the day when someone's science fair project sets the principal's pants on fire. Andrea Beaty's tongue-in-cheek look at the imaginative play of one young bear is sure to be a hit during story time, especially with youngsters familiar with the first title starring Ted, Doctor Ted. Pascal Lemaitre's brightly colored illustrations perfectly capture both Ted's pride in his heroism and the long suffering of his mother, teacher, and principal. While a solid choice for introducing fire safety to children, this story will be requested many times for its sheer kid-appeal. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A young bear wakes up one morning smelling smoke, and when he can't find a firefighter, he becomes one. But Firefighter Ted gets so distracted by the details of being a rescue hero that he doesn't pay attention to what is actually happening around him. He uses a fire extinguisher on a piece of burnt toast among other disasters. Ted does, however, end up "rescuing" the school principal in a fairly spectacular way, proving that he does have fire-safety skills. Beaty and Lemaitre, who previously teamed up for Doctor Ted (S & S, 2008), again bring a light hand to their story. Ted is lovable despite his bumbling and his tendency to cause more trouble. A good book for all wannabe firefighters and for those who just love a fun story.—Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews
Following his day as a doctor (Doctor Ted, 2008), Ted awakens to the odor of smoke (burned toast) and decides that since a firefighter cannot be found he must save the day himself. Outfitted and equipped with a whipped-cream fire extinguisher and a roll of caution tape, Ted faces a day filled with "fire hazards" and people who don't especially appreciate his brand of "help." In one scene Ted points out that Principal Bigham is blocking the fire alarm and "helps" him to safety by tying him up with caution tape. This rather steams the principal, who is then encouraged to "Stop, drop, and roll" to keep from overheating further. Beaty's tongue-in-cheek humor keeps the pages turning until finally Ted's diligence pays off and he really does put out a fire-and the scene is set for another sequel. Lemaitre's brilliant colors fairly jump off the pages. Capitalizing on the understated tone, his characters brim with personality and the scenes tell the real story. Sure to fire up kids' imaginations while tickling their funny bones at the same time. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416928218
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 332,986
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Beaty is the author of Doctor Ted; Firefighter Ted; Hush, Baby Ghostling; When Giants Come to Play; and Iggy Peck, Architect. As a kid, she spent her days being a detective, world explorer, movie star, and spy. Now, as a children's author, she spends her days pretty much the same way! She lives in the Chicago area. You can visit her online at

Pascal Lemaitre illustrated Toni and Slade Morrison's bestselling Who's Got Game?: Three Fables, as well as many other books for children. He and his family divide their time between Brussels, Belgium, where he teaches illustration, and Brooklyn, New York. Visit him online at

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    My 2 year old LOVES this book. We had to get her a copy because

    My 2 year old LOVES this book. We had to get her a copy because she would want it everytime we went to the library and would be very upset if it was already out. Funny, easy for her to understand and we discuss what Ted "should have done" so she actually learns about fire safety.

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    Please do use not a good lesson

    I teach Preschool and I'm always looking for a story that is easy for the youngest to understand. I ordered this book hoping to use it in my classroom with my 3 year olds. I was not only disapointed in the book I was outraged at the message... Young Ted awakes to the smell of smoke in his house and what does he do? He looks for a Firefieghter (he does not leave the house for saftey) he proceeds to build his own fire extinguisher, enters his kitchen that is full of smoke ... fortunatly it was just burnt toast but I was very upset by the content. I assume the Author was tring to be funny but we need to be more responsible. I cannot believe this book was published!

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  • Posted September 17, 2009

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    Andrea Beaty has a winning way about her - not only does she pen attention getting, smile provoking books for young readers but these books also teach valuable lessons. Her creation, Ted, a very helpful litttle bear, was last seen as Doctor Ted. Now, he comes to the rescue as Firefighter Ted.

    It all begins when he awakens one morning to smell smoke. He searches everywhere for a firefighter but there isn't one to be found. Well, what's a very helpful bear to do? He has no choice but to become a firefighter himself!

    Fortunately, he did have a fire truck but not a fire extinguisher, so he made one and then dashed off in the direction of the smokey smell. Of all things it turned out to be coming from his breakfast toast. Ted immediately took control of the situation, shouting "Stand back" sprayed the smoking toast, and helped his mother to safety Needless to say his mother was very happy to send him off to school.

    However, Principal Bigram wasn't too glad to see Ted as he was late, which caused the portly principal to overheat. You can imagine what a diligent firefighter might do in that case or at the school science fair.

    Pascal Lemaitre who illustrated Doctor Ted brings us the ginger snap faced Ted in bold primary colors. His illustrations are cut-out clean and energetic as he captures the characters moods with a lift of an eyebrow or wide eyed surprise.
    Of course, as young readers enjoy Ted's latest adventure they'll also be reminded of the importance of fire prevention and how fortunate we are to have firefighters who are dedicated to keeping us safe.


    - Gail Cooke

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    Posted November 13, 2010

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