Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill

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"Children will love the story for its charm and rollicking fun, and the salient points will make a lasting impression. A top choice for Fire Prevention Week." — School Library Journal

Stop! Drop! Roll! Learning the rules of fire safety is a lot more fun (and less scary) when demonstrated by a charming and diverse group of animals. Alligator, Panda, Octopus, and the others work hard to master the rules of fire safety and perform the perfect fire drill, but thinking about fire is ...

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Overview

"Children will love the story for its charm and rollicking fun, and the salient points will make a lasting impression. A top choice for Fire Prevention Week." — School Library Journal

Stop! Drop! Roll! Learning the rules of fire safety is a lot more fun (and less scary) when demonstrated by a charming and diverse group of animals. Alligator, Panda, Octopus, and the others work hard to master the rules of fire safety and perform the perfect fire drill, but thinking about fire is a bit nerve-wracking, and each of them reacts differently — often with hilarious results. Sprinkled with fascinating facts about animal behavior, this second story about the characters in Miss Mingo’s one-of-a-kind class is sure to appeal to readers of all stripes.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Summer Whiting
This delightful tale follows Miss Mingo the Flamingo and her students through Fire Safety Week. Alligator shares a personal experience about a fire in the kitchen. Monkey says that he is afraid of smoke detectors because he does not like the sound. Fire trucks make Elephant trumpet in fear. Younger children will relate to these fears and appreciate the explanations for each element of fire safety. Miss Mingo hopes that by talking through each of these anxieties the students will realize that prevention and awareness are, together, the best solution. The students are later joined by a very special guest when Bear Fireman comes dressed in his gear. Many of the animals are frightened by the attire and begin to squawk, run away and hiss. Bear begins to talk the students through the process of stop, drop and roll. The class also takes part in a fire drill. After practice and discussion, the animals realize there is no need to be afraid. Author Jamie Harper includes many interesting facts about each of her animal characters throughout the story. Young readers will enjoy the factual element as they broaden their knowledge of animal behaviors. This book would be an excellent selection for a K-1 classroom. The silly animals allow for a non-threatening introduction to fire safety and prevention. Reviewer: Summer Whiting
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Miss Mingo, a pink flamingo, and her diverse animal students are back. As she begins to prepare the class for fire drills, they become anxious. "Panda started barking. Elephant trumpeted." Miss Mingo assures them all that with practice, they will know what to do. Fire Chief Grizzly visits and talks about "Stop!" "Drop!" and "Roll!" When the teacher leaves the room for lunch and the cafeteria monitor takes her place, an enormous sneeze from Hippo sends the other students into evacuation mayhem. Fortunately, their mistake prepares them for the real drill later in the week. Throughout the book, factual notations about the animals' defense mechanisms appear in small print. "When danger threatens, the proboscis monkey honks loudly, and its large, fleshy nose swells and turns red." The accompanying watercolor-and-ink illustration shows a comical creature whose nose is twice the size of his head. Harper's silliness helps deliver the well-articulated and important lessons about emergency behavior. Children will love the story for its charm and rollicking fun, and the salient points will make a lasting impression. A top choice for Fire Prevention Week.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763635978
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 788,927
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Harper is the author-illustrator of the first book about this feisty flamingo teacher, MISS MINGO AND THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. She lives outside Boston.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    highly recommended

    My granddaughter had her first fire drill in her 3 year class, she was scared so I tried to find a book on fire drills. The right-up on this book says it is more of a picture book, but it tells a real cute story, now it is one of my granddaughter's favorite books.

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