Stop, Drop, and Roll: A Jessica Worries Book: Fire Safety


Jessica has always been a worrier, and learning about fire safety is making her more nervous than ever. But our favorite worrywart is about to discover that knowing what to do in an emergency is the best (and only) way to extinguish her fire-safety fears!

Jessica, who worries about everything from her spelling homework to remembering to fill her dog's water dish, learns that fire safety begins with extinguishing her fears.

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Jessica has always been a worrier, and learning about fire safety is making her more nervous than ever. But our favorite worrywart is about to discover that knowing what to do in an emergency is the best (and only) way to extinguish her fire-safety fears!

Jessica, who worries about everything from her spelling homework to remembering to fill her dog's water dish, learns that fire safety begins with extinguishing her fears.

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Editorial Reviews

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Fresh from her debut in 100th Day Worries, Jessica, a classic worrywart, once again tests her nerves in this informative picture book. When Jessica's teacher, Mr. Martin, informs her class that it's Fire Prevention week, she groans with anxiety. His list of safety precautions include checking smoke alarms in your house and planning fire drills. Always one to be safe rather than sorry, she pleads with her family to make escape plans and buy batteries for the alarms. The next day, Mr. Martin gives the class more tips for fire safety. Jessica can barely remember them all! Finally, he teaches them what to do if their clothes catch on fire. This piece of information almost pushes poor Jessica over the edge. She learns to stop, drop, and roll if her clothes are burning. She does her best to memorize that fire safety anthem but always muddles it up. "Stop, slop, and troll. Mop, pop, and bowl." The poor gal just can't get it right. To make matters worse, her teacher has picked her to demonstrate the anthem at the school assembly. More anxious than ever, Jessica sits at her brother's birthday party worried and distracted -- until she sees the glow of flames coming from the table. "Stop, drop and roll!," she screams. Unfortunately, it's only the birthday candles on the cake, but hey, she finally got it right! Her assembly performance goes off without a hitch, and it's certain she'll never forget her fire safety rules again.

Many readers will identify with Jessica's anxiety about fire safety and giggle at her botched attempts to remember her fire safety anthem. Illustrations match the tone of the book, with squiggly line drawings and free flowing watercolors. The humor lies with Jessica's fretful face and earnest attempts to educate her family. This delightful and instructive story is perfect for Fire Safety Month in October and throughout the rest of the year.

Publishers Weekly
Echoing Fireman Small's advice, Stop Drop and Roll by Margery Cuyler, illus. by Arthur Howard, features a teacher discussing fire safety rules, and student Jessica, who gets nervous. Is her family ready in case of an emergency? Jessica's worries spark action at home, and she muddles the mantra until her brother's birthday candles set off a false alarm; 10 safety tips are listed on the back. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is "A Jessica Worries Book" about the subject of fire safety, written to reinforce the lessons taught to youngsters while reducing needless fear and anxiety. It is a good book for the school library or classroom bookshelf because it will be reassuring to kids. They will take away the message that they have some control, know what to do and will remember to do it if the need arises. This is a welcome approach these days, when our little ones are bombarded with so much information about the dangers of the world, including many they shouldn't have to be concerned with, much less frightened by. Jessica is worried about many things and, during Fire Prevention Week, she finds even herself even more concerned. Does her home have a smoke alarm and a sprinkler system? Are the electrical cords safe and do they have the chimneys and furnaces checked? There is so much to worry about. Then her class is taught to stop, drop and roll if clothing catches on fire. Jessica has to demonstrate that lesson at assembly the next day, and her attempts to remember the words are humorous and her success comforting. 2001, Simon and Schuster, $16.00. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer:Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Jessica, the worrywart from 100th Day Worries (S & S, 2000), is back. This time she is worried about her class's upcoming presentation to the whole school. Throughout Fire Safety Week, the children review such safety rules as never play with matches; have the chimney checked each year before use in the winter; install smoke alarms; and, of course, stop, drop, and roll should clothes catch on fire. Jessica has been selected to demonstrate the technique at the assembly. However, owing to her bad case of nerves, she can't seem to get the words quite right. All's well that ends well, though, and the girl comes through just fine. This book is not as entertaining as the previous title. More instructional than recreational, it will best be used in units on fire safety. The large, cartoon illustrations, done in watercolor and ink, lighten the tone and feature a child with wide, round eyes worrying her way through her life and agonizing over her performance.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In 100th Day Worries (2000), Jessica was introduced as a bright, focused, well-loved worrier in both text and illustration. Howard continues this portrayal with his adept line drawings and watercolors, drawing his humor from the text, and depicting Jessica's face in a perpetual state of wide-eyed concern. This time she is almost pathologically worried about fire safety thanks to her teacher's efforts during Fire Prevention Week. Since she's in a supportive nuclear family, Jessica shares her concerns with her parents, who then check the batteries in their smoke alarms and inspect their fireplace for safety, etc. Jessica can't sleep at night until she has inspected the house for the various potential problems her teacher has warned of. Worse, Jessica simply cannot get the important words "Stop, Drop, and Roll" straight. This makes a hilarious read aloud as she repeatedly murders the words in her frantic attempt to remember them. Finally, in her most embarrassing moment, she gets them right; unfortunately, it's the flames of birthday candles that set her in motion. Still, as they're falling down laughing, readers will pick up a few important safety tips, too. Stop, sit, and read. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689843556
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: Jessica Worries Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 616,360
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Margery Cuyler has written stories ever since she learned how to write. A children's book editor and author for more than twenty years, she now devotes most of her time to writing. Her many children's books include 100th Day Worries, illustrated by Arthur Howard, and The Biggest, Best Snowman, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. Margery lives with her family in Princeton, New Jersey, in a house that's said to be haunted by a ghost!

Arthur Howard is the illustrator of Goatilocks by Erica Perl, Noodle & Lou by Liz Garton Scanlon, and the Mr. Putter and Tabby series and Gooseberry Park books by Cynthia Rylant as well as his own picture books. He has also coauthored and illustrated many books of humor for adults and appeared for seven seasons in the PBS math-oriented production Square One Television. He lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2002

    Fun Fire Safety

    A fun book showing the importance of fire safety. The illustrations are charming. You struggle with Jessica and feel for her desire to get everything exactly right while laughing at the funny combinations she comes up with. We are using this book in an injury prevention program with our schools.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Stop, Drop, and Read this Review!

    Awesome book. If you have kids who are aftaed of fires, this is a great book for them.

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