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Brassy the Fire Engine Saves the City Hardcover – October 19, 2005

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Engine Number 4, small but strong, is the pride of the Elm Street fire department--until the town's growth warrants a larger fire truck and Engine Number 4 is retired to a warehouse. When an all-alarm fire calls for every piece of equipment, the little engine is dusted off and, after a valiant effort, puts out the flames. Red, gold, and orange dominate the watercolor and ink cartoons. Multicolored background crowds and shops are often amusing, as pet-shop animals line the window for a glimpse and car riders look askance when a boy blows a big gum bubble. The fire fighters sport oversized boots and smiles. Two blacks integrate the fire department. The story is a close parallel to Gramatky's Hercules (Putnam, 1960), whose hero, also replaced by more modern equipment, puts out the big fire and earns special exhibition space. This updated version is an acceptable addition to the ever-popular fire-fighter picture books. Length of text makes it suitable for reading to kindergartners or for independent reading for early primary grades. --Jane Saliers, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dennis Smith, the "poet laureate of fire fighters" (New York Post), spent 18 years with the New York City Fire Department. He is the bestselling author of ten books.

Justin Miller received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from New York Academy of Art. This is his first book for children.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (October 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316761354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316761352
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,493,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on January 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Brassy is a little fire engine but he's loved and well taken care of at the fire station. He's scrubbed down, buffed and polished after each fire. And Brassy has his friends Captain Bill and fire fighters Pat and Nancy, and he is able to help everyone.

But when newer and bigger fire engines join the station, Brassy is sent across town to another fire station. Brassy is not happy.

Then a fire begins that threatens the city. The big fire engines are not able to navigate the narrow streets. Will Brassy save the city?

Brassy the Fire Engine Saves the City is an educational story that children will love. It is a celebration of the worth of the old as well as the new. The illustrations are realistic and colorful and are an important addition in telling the story.

Armchair Interviews says: Brassy's story will be read and enjoyed by children and parents again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Russo on March 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
After reading this book several times from the local library, we purchased "Brassy" for our four-year old son who loves fire engines. We've read a lot of the fire books out there, and this is one of the better books. It has good illustrations and also a good story. Enjoy!
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