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From Barnes & NobleFresh 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.