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Children's LiteratureReaders join Officer Barbara Torres and her partner, Officer Matt Sheldon for a typical day on their beat in Hero City. Starting with a minor accident that scatters smelly fish over the road, then to a harrowing chase to capture elusive bank robbers and finally, returning a lost dog to his worried young owner, you are along for the ride with this police duo. The easy bantering between the two officers seen in the dialog throughout the story shows the loyalty and familiarity that being a part of a team brings. This book provides children with an opportunity to learn about the serious and exciting life of a policeman. It also shows how police squads work together each day to keep the community safe. With the vivid colors and motion-filled illustrations, this book would be a nice addition to any classroom library. It would be perfect to use as a resource when teaching about community helpers. An introduction to a variety of occupations can be found in the other "Matchbox Hero City" books in this series. 2003, Little Simon/Simon & Schuster, Ages 3 to 7.
— Arlene Connolly