Five Little Firefighters

Five Little Firefighters

5.0 1
by Tom Graham
     
 

RRIIIINGGG!

Five little firefighters are about to eat dinner when the alarm bell sounds. Off they go, racing through the streets to put out a fire. Soon everyone’s safe . . . but where’s Cleo the cat?

MEEOOW! The five firefighters rescue Cleo. At last they can eat their dinner and get a little rest—until the alarm sounds again!

Overview

RRIIIINGGG!

Five little firefighters are about to eat dinner when the alarm bell sounds. Off they go, racing through the streets to put out a fire. Soon everyone’s safe . . . but where’s Cleo the cat?

MEEOOW! The five firefighters rescue Cleo. At last they can eat their dinner and get a little rest—until the alarm sounds again!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

One might expect a book with this title to be a rhyming text or counting story, but this offering is neither. Instead, it tells of a group of firefighters who receive a call just as they are sitting down to dinner. They dutifully grab their gear, climb onto the truck, and speed through traffic to reach their destination. After they save the family and cat, they return to the firehouse, have dinner, and go to bed. The pictures mirror the text, with cartoon bubbles that indicate dialogue, while the action is narrated by a single sentence per page and occasional sound effects. The book's size, typeset, and simple pictures are reminiscent of Lois Lenski's The Little Fire Engine (Random, 2000). Although it is nice to see an old-fashioned-style book with a multicultural cast and a female firefighter, the inclusion of the word "little" in the title seems somewhat condescending and precious. An additional purchase.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

Kirkus Reviews
Their dinner interrupted by the fire alarm, five firefighters (including a woman and representing four different races) get dressed while dashing to the fire engine. In a city neighborhood, flames shoot out the windows of an apartment building. The firefighters work together to roll out the hoses, open the hydrant, set up the ladders and break down the door. As a few pour water on the fire, two more go up the ladder to rescue a couple and their two children. But everyone is not out: "Cleo?" "Oh no!" One firefighter dons a mask and crawls under the smoke to rescue the cat. After caring for their equipment, the firefighters can finally eat their dinner and catch some well-earned Zs. Graham's watercolor illustrations neatly suit the intended audience, giving enough detail for realism but not enough to frighten youngsters. A small trim size, minimal text, speech bubbles, onomatopoeia and the presence of the station Dalmatian make this a sweetly intimate choice for introducing firefighting and fire safety to preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805086973
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

TOM GRAHAM is a freelance illustrator working in Brooklyn, New York.He has written and illustrated several picture books, and teaches in the Communications Design Department at Pratt Institute.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Five Little Firefighters 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MrsWFL More than 1 year ago
My two and a half year old son loves this book and requests it for reading every night.