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Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms Paperback – September 9, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (September 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142401919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142401910
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-In this celebration of the imagination, a busy youngster concocts a series of pretend games, using toys, furniture, household objects, and even his baby sister to complete each scenario. First, as Big Frank, he puts on his protective gear, grabs Firefighter Sally, rushes to a burning building in a hook-and-ladder truck, and uses a long-hosed vacuum to battle a blaze. Next, as Officer Dave, he and Rex the police dog (his sister) place a wagonload of stuffed-animal criminals safely behind bars. As the creative child takes on these and other intriguing roles, his mother asks him repeatedly to pause long enough to give her a hug, but he is always too involved to stop his play. The sought-after squeeze is finally awarded on the last page. The boy narrates his adventures in accessible language that expresses his excitement and provides inventive details. Mom's recurrent request makes a familiar refrain that adds a bit of humor to the story and helps to connect the child's flights of fancy to the everyday world. Mixing realistic images with shimmering textures and soft edges, the artwork extends the text and fleshes out each scene. Golf clubs stuck between an ottoman and an easy chair become the gears of a front loader, a ceiling fan becomes a Coast Guard helicopter, and stacked-up boxes make a perfect rocket. A good pick for sparking pretend play and maybe even an occasional embrace.
Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

PreS-K. A little boy pretends to be a firefighter, a police officer, a doctor, and more. He's such a busy boy that every time his mother points out that even police officers, ambulance drivers, and firefighters take time to hug their moms, he pleads work. Not until he's a garbage truck driver and fishes a special item out of the trash does he allow the happy "customer" to hug him. MacLean really captures how single-minded children can sometimes be, and she gets right inside the fantasy world that allows a tower of couch cushions to become a burning building and a laundry basket to become an ambulance. The story goes on a little too long, but children will have fun looking at the detailed pictures that show the busy boy "at work" and charmingly portray the relationship between him and his toddler sister, who is the typical tagalong. It is her pacifier that he picks out of the garbage, making everyone happy. The dappled artwork has a sturdy feeling that adds a realistic look to the world of imagination. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Mom's of children everywhere are sure to fall in love with this book!
Heather G. Kness
I did glance through it before wrapping it and the picture quality is great and the story is cute.
Amica
I bought this for my 3-year-old son and he absolutely LOVES this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on July 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
It has very well-done illustrations. It clearly shows a boy going through his day in a normal way, full of realistic fantasy play. I like how he includes his baby sister in everything, and how his mother participates a little in his play. The language is realistic and appropriately detailed.

But we don't read it very often, and I think I know why.

Firstly, this is a *very* long, *very* wordy book. It's definitely better suited for children closer to 8 than to 4, and even then - it's a long book. You have to really make time for it, you can't just fit it in there. This isn't in and of itself a problem, plenty of the books we *do* read a lot are long, but it definitely doesn't make me more likely to want to read it.

Secondly, the mom in the book is... well... just a little needy. By the middle of the book her desperation for a hug starts to weird me out. I understand that kids go through that no-hugging stage, and you do start to really miss them - but I can't help thinking that she'd get more cuddles if she'd just SHUT UP about it already! I know if I want a hug, all I have to do is ostensibly refuse them and the next thing I know I'm being smothered! (And I'm not that needy for them, either.)

It's just not my thing. I know a lot of people sympathize with the mom, and I feel for her, but... it goes a little overboard, and not in the funny way that I like.

It might just be me.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L.W. on April 5, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My toddler loves to play 'fireman' and loves books, so I thought this would go nicely in his collection. However, don't let the name fool you. The first page has a little boy playing fireman and the mother wants a hug, but the boy says he doesn't have time to hug her! Then as the book goes on, the little boy plays space man, garbage truck driver, etc etc etc...and in every scenario, his mother wants a hug but he has no time. Finally in the end, you think the mother will finally get her hug, right? Wrong! It says, 'sometimes' he has time to hug his mom!

In reading this to my son, I actually changed it up a bit and every time mom asked for a hug, she got one! And then my son & I would hug every time and THEN it was finally a good fun read! But as written....it's horrible!!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Todd Pitock on September 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
When I got to the end of this book, my four-year-old said, "Again!" The author and illustrator both do a terrific job of capturing what interests children of a certain age -- my six-year-old also loved it -- and the scenes common to houses with kids of that age. The story is also readable enough that you won't mind the multiple readings.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My four-and-a-half-year-old son absolutely loves this book (and so do his parents!) The author has really captured the wonderful way in which children pretend to become firefighters, construction workers, policemen, etc...This book not only makes for great bedtime reading, it can also inspire your child's imaginative play during the daytime. The pictures captivate my son's imagination and encourage him to use different household objects when taking off for the moon or rescuing pretend pets from fires. I hope MacLean writes another children's book soon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My soon-to-be 4-year-old son loves this book. He wants to read it again and again, and is imitating the pretend play he sees there. The pictures are wonderful and the text has enough humor to keep me entertained, even through the millionth reading!Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda Barney Ridgway on December 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As an educational consultant for fifteen + years and former elementary teacher, I am awed by this delightful story and its engaging illustrations. Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms is charming, tender, and often amusing. Our six-year old daughter asked us to read it again and again, and eventually she read parts to us. When asked what her favorite parts were, she said "everything!" She'll often select this book to read at bedtime, months after first reading it. Even Firefighters helps open discussions of herorism and courage, jobs and the world of work, but it also allows parents and teachers to talk about caring for others. I'd encourage anyone who enjoys this delightful picture book to consider using some of the well-designed enrichment activities and lessons developed by the Family Education Network. They are free for downloading, and will enhance your reading and enjoyment of Even Firefighters. I commend Ms. MacLean and Mr. Reed on their creativity, and look forward to a sequel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kay Hubbard on December 8, 2002
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This wonderful book offers a peek into the magical world of children's creative play. I love the tone, and all of the characters ring true. The mom is my hero -- I'm glad her patience and focus eventually pay off. The illustrations offer several "jumping off" places for conversations with the kids you're sharing the book with ("What does OUR vacuum cleaner look like?"). If you're lucky, you might even get a hug.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a winner. Text is engaging and resonates with real life and real kids. Sweet without being sentimental. The illustrations are terrific, too, the kind you can look at and find jokes in while you're reading the book. And it's not just for boys--girls and boys can relate to the imaginative play--and the grounding in Mom--the book encourages.
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