The Firefighters

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From sounding the siren to speeding off in their fire engines (empty boxes will do), from finding the fire to expertly putting it out, the children love playing firefighters with Mrs. Iverson. They are brave and strong, just like real firefighters. And after a hard day ...

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Overview

"A great choice for introducing not only fire safety, but also creative play."—SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

"Weee-ooo! Weee-ooo! Weee-ooo! Our fire engines are fast and noisy—just like the real ones."

From sounding the siren to speeding off in their fire engines (empty boxes will do), from finding the fire to expertly putting it out, the children love playing firefighters with Mrs. Iverson. They are brave and strong, just like real firefighters. And after a hard day of fighting fires, nothing is better than having two real live firefighters come to visit and getting to climb aboard their big, red, shiny fire engine!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
What child hasn't dreamt about being a firefighter? In this book, Sue Whiting uses her experiences as an educator to bring a kindergarten scene to life with authentic details and realistic characters. The story starts with a fire alarm. As it sounds, several young firefighters take their teacher along on an exciting and imaginative journey. They chase through the classroom and onto the playground in their fire engines. They tear past the climbing fort and sandbox. Everyone stops and stares, but the busy firefighters do not have time to waste. Soon they reach the fire, which cracks and pops against the sky. They save the burning building, just like real firefighters do, and then collapse on the floor. At that moment, the children hear a real fire siren in the distance—and they soon get the chance to meet real-life firefighters who share stories about fighting fires and saving people from burning buildings. The children even have the chance to climb aboard the fire truck. Children and parents alike will enjoy Sue Whiting's storyline and Donna Rawlins' delightful illustrations. Together, they bring this imaginative adventure to life. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
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PreS-Gr 2

In Mrs. Iverson's classroom, cardboard boxes are transformed into fire engines that are "fast and noisy-just like the REAL ones." At the sound of the recess bell, three friends lead the way onto the playground with fire hoses crafted out of paper tubes, oxygen masks fashioned out of scarfs, and siren wails of "WEEEE-OOO! WEEE-OOO!" Their teacher joins in the make-believe fun and then invites the fire department for a school visit. The male and female firefighters engage the class with stories about "rescuing people from burning buildings" and then stage a practice drill, emphasizing the Australian fire slogan of "get down low and GO, GO, GO!" Rawlins's acrylic illustrations feature bright, primary colors that stand out against the clean, white backgrounds. The young children are shown exploring the inside of the fire truck alongside their mentors. A great choice for introducing not only fire safety, but also creative play.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada

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Rawlins's preschoolers perfectly model the fun children can have when they use their imaginations. Using props they find around the school, Mrs. Iverson and her students pretend that a fire call has just come in. They race to dress and hop aboard their cardboard fire engine, "just like the REAL one." A wall in the midst of being painted red serves as their fire, which they quickly put out. While they are resting from their labors, a real fire truck pays a visit to the school, and two firefighters teach the students all about their jobs and fire safety. Whiting's final lines capture the essence of a preschooler's sense of the myriad possibilities that the future holds: " 'You know, we're firefighters, too,' I tell the firefighters. 'Just not the REAL ones like you. Not yet!' " The acrylic illustrations-vivid colors against appropriately blank-canvas white space-give concrete examples of the ways in which ordinary materials can become playthings. A spark to imaginations, with a little fire safety on the side. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763649975
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Whiting is a former teacher who divides her time between working as a children's book editor and writing books for young people. She lives near Sydney, Australia.

Donna Rawlins is an art teacher and award-winning illustrator who has created many books for children during her long career. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

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