Firefighters: Speeding! Spraying! Saving!

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Firefighters rush into their fireproof suits. They pull on their helmets, gloves, and boots. Then off they roar in their trucks — zooming away to save the day! Patricia Hubbell keeps the fun coming with another volume with a "things that go" theme. Viviana Garofoli’s simple illustrations using digital art add to the rhyming text that is ideal for preschoolers!

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Overview

Firefighters rush into their fireproof suits. They pull on their helmets, gloves, and boots. Then off they roar in their trucks — zooming away to save the day! Patricia Hubbell keeps the fun coming with another volume with a "things that go" theme. Viviana Garofoli’s simple illustrations using digital art add to the rhyming text that is ideal for preschoolers!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Rihoko Ueno
Many kids are captivated by the whirling lights and loud siren that means fire engines are passing, though not all children may know what all that clamor signifies. Now, this book can give children an introduction to what a firefighter's job actually entails. The book shows firefighters as they douse fires and help people. The rhyming words quicken the story and make it fun for young readers. The illustrations are bright and lively. The firefighters hurrying across each page are sure to captivate children as much as the text. This is a fun way for children to learn about a profession and its responsibilities. This book is lively and is a good tool for teaching children. The next time they hear the sirens, they will know why the firefighters are in such a hurry, and just how they will help when they reach their destination. After all the action, they head back to the firehouse to relax until the next alarm. Reviewer: Rihoko Ueno
School Library Journal

PreS - Gr 1 - The author of Trucks(2003) and Cars(2006, both Marshall Cavendish) presents another winner, this time about community heroes. The tale begins with the "Clang! Clang! Clang!" of the alarm. The firefighters rush to get dressed and board their truck, along with Spot, the firehouse Dalmatian. Brief, pulsing, rhythmic text flows across the pages: "Swing aboard! Hit the gas./Ladder truck roars, heads out fast./Sirens screech-Whee-ahh! Whooo!/Pumper truck comes zooming through!" The crew arrives at the burning building, hauls out the hoses, and rescues the people trapped inside. After a tiring day, the team (including one female) heads back to the station for rest and food, until the bell sounds again. The digital, cartoon-style artwork is simple. Done in vibrant hues of predominantly primary colors, the pictures blend clean backdrops with more detailed views of the firefighters and their equipment. This attractive book on a popular topic will be a big hit at storytime and perfect for one-on-one sharing.-DeAnn Okamura, San Mateo County Library, CA

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Kirkus Reviews
This rhyme will burn bright for imaginations that are ignited by sirens, red trucks and lifesaving heroes. When the alarm sounds, "CLANG! CLANG! CLANG!" the firefighters rush down the pole and prepare to face the emergency. They "[p]ut on great big fireproof suits. Put on helmets, gloves, and boots." With their eager Dalmatian at the heel, they jump aboard the cherry red truck and let the sirens wail. They reach the flaming building with hoses squirting, save lives and, after much toiling, vanquish the flames. Back at the station, they gear down, clean up and settle in with cookies and coffee. There are loads of details and plenty of noisy sound words like "crackle," "roar" and "whoosh" to keep preschool minds captivated. The illustrations are bright and bold with crisp graphics of eager firefighters, orange flames and the well-equipped fire truck figuring prominently. The simplicity of the artwork, however, sets this book far apart from Hubbell's previous three: Cars (2006), Trucks (2003) and Trains (2005), which focus more on vehicles and feature inventive collage art by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy. This one's a siren song for those youngest of firefighters. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761456155
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 29
  • Sales rank: 973,816
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Hubbell lives in Easton, Connecticut. To find out more about Pat, visit: www.kidspoet.com

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