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Sparky the Fire Dog

Sparky the Fire Dog

by Don Hoffman, Todd Dakins
     
 

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Meet Sparky. This adorable Dalmatian puppy is an important member of the team at the fire station. But he's more than just a cute character in a book: Sparky is the official spokesdog for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and what he has to say can actually save lives. This canine hero rescued a little girl and her family, and now he's helping kids

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Meet Sparky. This adorable Dalmatian puppy is an important member of the team at the fire station. But he's more than just a cute character in a book: Sparky is the official spokesdog for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and what he has to say can actually save lives. This canine hero rescued a little girl and her family, and now he's helping kids become junior fire inspectors right in their own homes. In colorful, appealing illustrations, Sparky takes a group of young animals through the neighborhood, pointing out hazards, giving basic fire prevention and safety tips, and showing them how to be prepared in case of an emergency. From having a working smoke alarm to being careful with candles and knowing where your exits are, Sparky's advice may be the most important thing children--and their parents--ever learn.

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A friendly Dalmatian assists firefighters and inspects homes for fire safety.

Posed in front of Fire Station No. 5 with a quartet of smiling firefighters of varying ethnicities and both genders,Sparky introduces himself and explains his busy job. He doesn't just straighten the hose and help to wash the fire truck, but he rides along whenever the fire alarm sounds. He used to be an ordinary dog that lived outside a schoolyard, but one day he smelled smoke,and his barking caused the firefighters to come and save his neighbor's house. Since then, he's been a fire dog. In a dream, he inspects homes. At Mrs. Sheep's house, he finds that the batteries in the smoke detector are low. Mr. Alligator has placed his space heaters too close to the curtains, and Mrs. Flamingo has left candles unattended. The elephant family needs an escape route, and Mrs. Tiger, who cooks a lot, needs a safety zone away from the stove. Mrs. Yak gets points for keeping her pot handles turned away from the edge of the stove, and the Fox family has wisely devised multiple ways out of every room. Sparky visits a dozen animal homes in all before an alarm wakes him up. The book is packed with undeniably important information, but the illustrations are generic, and the story, such as it is, is downright corny.

Serviceable—nothing more. (safety tips) (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607340928
Publisher:
Charlesbridge
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Lexile:
AD560L (what's this?)
File size:
19 MB
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Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Don Hoffman is an Emmy Award-winning children's book author and a Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) fellow. His previous books include BILLY IS A BIG BOY and A VERY SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE. Hoffman's other credits include television reporter, and director of communication and public affairs in Milwaukee, WI, for one of the nation's largest urban school districts. He makes his home in New York City, and enjoys presenting exciting, interactive, informative, and whimsical presentations to children in schools, bookstores, and libraries. Visit him at donhoffmanauthor.com.

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