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Children's LiteratureFirefighters 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