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Children's Literature
Landau, author of numerous nonfiction books, has done it again. Her new book grabs the attention of the reader and introduces them to the dangerous yet exciting career of the smokejumpers. Today there are four hundred smokejumpers in the United States. These professional firefighters parachute out of airplanes in the remote wildlands where there are no roads. This physically demanding job requires intense physical conditioning in addition to classroom instruction using a virtual reality device. Parachuting is an essential part of training, as well as learning survival tactics on what to do if they are caught in a tree or land in water. We discover the importance of the radio, which is used to stay in contact with the crew leader and dispatcher. Strategies used to contain the wildfires include backfires that burn up timber between the cleared area and the advancing fire. Although this book gives detailed information on the selection and training of these smokejumpers, pictures contain concise information in attention grabbing text that even younger readers can enjoy. The vivid photographs by Ben Klaffke provide visual reinforcement of the text. Photos of the pack-out bags weighing as much as 115 pounds and the fire shelter made of aluminum foil aid in the comprehension these terms. Italicized words in the texts are explained in the glossary, "Smokejumper Talk," at the back of the book. 2002, Millbrook Press, $ 23.90. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Ann Sanger
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 Landau serves up a very attractive offering. She explains how very few people are chosen for this exciting, rewarding work out of the hundreds of well-qualified applicants. Since smokejumping season lasts from late spring through mid fall, other off-season opportunities are also brought up. One section explains what the job entails, from first fire call through hiking out of the woods and returning to base. Fact boxes overlaying the pictures offer interesting statistics, and larger-than-normal type size sets off the first page of each section. The language is clear and the text moves along at an exciting clip. All the "fiery" Web sites listed are current and helpful. Illustrated with outstanding full-color photographs, this book should catch many an eye. -Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761323242
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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