Firefighters to the Rescue

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First you hear the siren, then you see the lights. Soon, a red blur zooms by— it’s a truck of firefighters to the rescue! From practical jokes in the firehouse to legendary bravery, every detail of a firefighter’s life is fascinating. This picture book’s simple rousing text and playful illustrations allow even the youngest firefighter fans to follow their heroes through an ordinary day of cooking, laughing, putting out a fire and rescuing a beloved pet.

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Overview

First you hear the siren, then you see the lights. Soon, a red blur zooms by— it’s a truck of firefighters to the rescue! From practical jokes in the firehouse to legendary bravery, every detail of a firefighter’s life is fascinating. This picture book’s simple rousing text and playful illustrations allow even the youngest firefighter fans to follow their heroes through an ordinary day of cooking, laughing, putting out a fire and rescuing a beloved pet.

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Children's Literature
Firefighters have become contemporary heroes. Here we follow them from their daily chores and fun around the firehouse, to their snapping into action at the sound of the fire bell. Just a few brief phrases per double page with the repeated title refrain take us onto the truck and under way. With the noise of the siren and the lights flashing, the truck zooms through traffic to the fire. The firefighters go to work with ladders and hoses. Spectators watch as the firefighters rescue a young boy's pet from the burning house, for a satisfying conclusion. Double-page scenes that bleed off all edges are painted like dioramas with sculpturesque people, solidly-modeled vehicles, settings devoid of unnecessary clutter. Emotions are generated by the intensity of the naturalistic colors, the placement of the fire truck on the streets, and the dynamics of the firefighters at work. Only male firefighters are depicted. 2005, Viking/Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 3 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A rhythmic text and painterly details provide a glimpse into the life of firefighters from the everyday household chores and practical jokes around the station to the rush to a fire scene and the rescue of a pet. While the rhythm is somewhat uneven, it propels the story along. Davis's colorful illustrations show the firefighters going about their jobs in a confident and unassuming manner. Cars from the 1950s, a Roy Rogers movie playing at the theater, and women wearing hats give the book a nostalgic feel. While the title adopts the modern, gender-neutral "firefighters," the small-town period setting explains the absence of females among them. However, there is a nod toward ethnic diversity in the faces of the men. Young children fascinated with the heroic work of these civil servants will enjoy this book.-Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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This exciting look at firefighting is steeped in 1950's style and engaging rhyme. The mirthful features of the firefighters are larger-than-life as they navigate routines and fellowship between fires: "Firefighters working hard. Cooking, Mopping, making beds. Playing tricks on sleepyheads." But when the alarm sounds they rush to the ready, dress and board the engine with a resounding, "Firefighters to the Rescue!" The men race through the purple-hued streets of an American small town toward the billowing smoke. Taffy colors saturate every page with warmth as they pass the Crown Theatre that announces "Roy Rogers in 'Trigger Jr.' " on its marquis. The automobiles are glorious in their retro colors and designs. When they reach the burning home, the firefighters make a harrowing rescue. Our cities and lives have changed over the decades, but this story makes it clear that firefighting has not. With just the right amount of tension and a large amount of admiration, Hamilton and Davis have created a sure fire hit. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670035038
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/23/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Rich Davis lives with his wife, Angie, and two sons, Daniel and David, in a small Arkansas town. Farms have always been a deep love for the whole family. In Tiny On the Farm, it is his hope that kids will fall in love with life on the farm too! Rich is also the illustrator of Firefighters to the Rescue (Viking).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2005

    For anyone who loves firetrucks and firefighters

    Firefighters is a great read aloud book. The illustrations are colorful,reminiscent of the 1950's. There is humor and excitement and of course the firefighters save the day.

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