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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 1010L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 31, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152010424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152010423
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-A dramatic account of the training and work of a firefighter as well as the role of fire in the natural world. Every page is packed with fascinating facts that will hold readers' attention. In addition, graphic full-color photographs convey the intensity, violence, and power of fire as well as the multi-tasked operations that firefighters undertake. While this book has a wealth of information for researchers, its organization does not promote such use. Chapter headings such as "Torch!" are exciting, but don't give a clear indication of content. In fact, this chapter begins with a discussion of the uses of fire to help wildlife and woodlands. Also, the glossary is incomplete. However, the book has lots of drama and appeal, making it well suited to browsing and leisure reading.
Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In a profession that catches workers somewhere between daredevil and do-gooder, smokejumpers risk their lives to protect the wilderness. Beil profiles a handful of men and women, capturing the drama, excitement, and danger of their job, and describing the tools, methods, and training that help them do their work. Beil's own photographs reflect the roller coaster pace of the work--from the burly man sitting at a sewing machine, repairing his parachute, to a tree exploding in a column of fire. The lack of an index limits the book's usefulness for reports, but the picture-book format and exciting photography will draw both readers and browsers. Pair this with Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's Fire (1998), which contains more on the science of forest fires and the controlled burn method of preservation. A glossary is appended. Randy Meyer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
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Anyone who has ever wondered how forest fires are fought will find their answers here in this riveting look into the lives of "smokejumpers" and the fires they fight. The first-hand accounts give the reader an up-close look at fire and the devastation it causes. A great book on an unusual subject- I couldn't put it down!
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By Thomas M Burns on February 24, 2013
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My son read this book for his school essay and really enjoyed reading it. It is an easy read and not too long.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MEEMO on August 27, 2004
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Karen Beil vividly describes the lives of firefighters in Fire in Their Eyes. Also she tells the reader about the dangers a fire fighter must endure when fighting a forest fire. Finally the book describes the different jobs of firefighters and their roles in extinguishing the fire. This is a great book for any one who is interested in becoming a firefighter and the vast amount of pictures make it easy to understand.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cody Mcfarland on May 29, 2007
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If anyone is trying to do any kind of research or learn about this job, don't read this book. I know rookie's that know more about this job. Anyone that refers do a (...) con crew as being a hotshot crew obviously knows little about this profession. She almost completely left out what a real Hotshot crew was, didn't talk about what a good engine crew was and as usual for someone that is on the way outside looking in, glorified Smokejumpers. Which is fine, they are great firefighters and a traditional part of our lifestyle, but they are rarely the ones who put the fires out that the public ever sees.
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