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Police Officers on Patrol

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A broken light might cause a crash! Who can help? Who is fast?

Officer Mike, on traffic patrol!

Situation? Under control! ?When people need help, we rock and roll!?

With Kersten Hamilton?s high-energy rhyming text that begs to be read aloud, and R. W. Alley?s warm and silly illustrations, this picture book is a fun and reassuring way to tell kids about what police offi - ...

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Overview


A broken light might cause a crash! Who can help? Who is fast?

Officer Mike, on traffic patrol!

Situation? Under control! ?When people need help, we rock and roll!?

With Kersten Hamilton?s high-energy rhyming text that begs to be read aloud, and R. W. Alley?s warm and silly illustrations, this picture book is a fun and reassuring way to tell kids about what police offi - cers do.

?With a well-crafted text spiced with sound effects, this appealing picture book is highly recommended.?? Booklist, starred review for Red Truck

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Here is another go at a perennial favorite: a day in the life of the good local police who keep little children, animals and even grown up parents very safe and happy. Starting with the donning of uniforms in locker rooms (separate for males and females, of course,) the day gets off to a rousing start with a broken traffic light causing a traffic jam. The kindly gray-haired dispatcher directs a turtle-saving cop to the rescue. From there the action moves on to missing children saved by mounted police, paralleled by missing peanuts and missing ATM machines. Needless to say, the good guys always win. Kersten Hamilton's message is brisk, in charge, and comforting, while R.W. Alley meshes his cheerful illustrations well with her tone. This should prove popular with the toddler set. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal

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Sergeant Santole dispatches Officers Mike, Jan, and Carl to spots around town that require their expertise. Mike in his police car attends to a broken traffic light, Jan on horseback reconnects a small child with his mom, and Carl runs to a crime scene where robbers are not only stealing money, but are also taking off with the ATM machine. Each scenario ends with the refrain, "When people need help,/we rock and roll." The hilarious cartoon illustrations effectively convey excitement and brisk movement, as each conscientious worker launches into action with "Uniform! Badge! Radio!" and brings the situation under control. Though the story is slight and the rhyme scheme forced, preschoolers will be reassured that special people are there to assist in a variety of circumstances and see that their jobs require all kinds of cool tools.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT

Kirkus Reviews
After a previous title celebrating firefighters (Firefighters to the Rescue, illustrated by Rich Davis, 2005), Hamilton addresses another civil servant-police officers. Calls come in to the squad room, where Sergeant Santole dispatches officers to take care of each problem. A broken traffic light? That's Officer Mike's job on traffic patrol in Car 3. He leaves the turtles he is helping across the road and rushes to direct traffic. A lost little boy in the park? Officer Jan on mounted patrol leaves the tourists she is helping with directions and gallops to help. Bank robbers? Officer Carl on crime patrol leaves the peanut-thieving squirrels to save the day. "Situation? / Under control! / ‘When people need help, / we rock and roll.' " While the rhymes don't always scan well, the repetition and catchy rhythm will have kids chiming in. Charming details and expressive faces abound in Alley's illustrations, which reassuringly reinforce the message that police officers can handle any emergency. A good introduction for the youngest audiences. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670063154
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 207,663
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Kersten Hamilton is also the author of Red Truck and Firefighters to the Rescue. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

R. W. Alley is the illustrator of nearly one hundred books for children, including Tiger Can't Sleep. He lives with his family in Barrington, Rhode Island

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