Firefighter's Night Before Christmas

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Praise for Cajun Night Before Christmas:

"Forget Dancer, Prancer, Comet, and Vixen. . . . Good Clement, wherever he is, will not be gnashing his teeth."
-New York Times Book Review

"Rice is especially good with facial expressions, whether they are on a Texas jackrabbit, a longhorn steer, a dusty cowboy, or the green and long-nosed alligator named Gaston."
-Library Journal

In the tradition of The Night Before Christmas, author Kimbra Cutlip describes Christmas Eve from a ...

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Overview

Praise for Cajun Night Before Christmas:

"Forget Dancer, Prancer, Comet, and Vixen. . . . Good Clement, wherever he is, will not be gnashing his teeth."
-New York Times Book Review

"Rice is especially good with facial expressions, whether they are on a Texas jackrabbit, a longhorn steer, a dusty cowboy, or the green and long-nosed alligator named Gaston."
-Library Journal

In the tradition of The Night Before Christmas, author Kimbra Cutlip describes Christmas Eve from a fireman's point of view. Several unlucky firemen and police officers are spending a quiet Christmas Eve away from their families when "Jingle Bells" suddenly blares through the window. A Christmas-decked rig, snow-spurting water hose, and sooty old fireman are at the forefront of the Christmas Eve shenanigans.

Kimbra Cutlip, a certified emergency medical technician and firefighter, grew up with two firefighter uncles. Also the author of Sailor's Night Before Christmas, Cutlip lives near the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and two daughters.

James Rice (1934-2004), in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, produced more than sixty children's books, among them several additions to The Night Before Christmas Series. Cajun Night Before Christmas , Rice's first book, has been nationally recognized as a classic in its genre. Rice taught art and music at both high school and college levels and loved teaching children the joys of writing and illustrating. With more than 2.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation's best-selling creators of children's books, having received awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children's Book Council.

In the style of Clement Moore's well-known poem, the firefighters from Firehouse One receive a visit from Ol' Sergeant Nick, who leaves them lots of surprises, including a shiny new pumper truck, while they are putting out a fire on Christmas Eve.

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Publishers Weekly
In a timely addition to Pelican's line of Christmas books, they add Firefighter's Night Before Christmas by Kimbra Cutlip, illus. by James Rice. A surprise guest visits while the team answers a call for help; they return to a bevy of gifts.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-The firefighters who pull the Christmas Eve shift are surprised when a red-suited fireman whose badge reads "Zero North" visits them. While the visitor is getting comfortable, an alarm sounds and the men rush off to save a burning furniture store. On their return, they find that Ol' Sergeant Nick left presents for everyone, including a shiny new pumper. Another takeoff on Clement C. Moore's Christmas standard, this picture book reads awkwardly and haltingly. Some of the rhymes are stilted and forced and the plot lacks imagination. Sketchy pen-and-ink and watercolor artwork accompanies the first-person text.-I. A. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589800540
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Night Before Christmas Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,409,205
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Excellent Children's Christmas Book

    My husband and son are firefighters, which is the reason I purchased the book. When I have grandchildren someday, I can see myself reading this book over and over to them at Christmas time. The combination of a real firefighter's job, mixed in with Christmas enchantment, makes this a must read for any little firefighter in your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2002

    very delightful story

    my son eye light up when i read this story to him asking to be read over and over.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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