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Firebears, the Rescue Team Hardcover – May 12, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805070109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805070101
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,753,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-The alarm rings at Fire Station Number Eight and the Firebears throw on their heavy coats, hats, and boots and race through town with their siren wailing. No job is too big or too small for these amazing bears. First they retrieve a cat stranded high in a tree, then put out a fire in a store, and finally rescue a mother and child from a house billowing with smoke. "Racing, rushing/To the scene-/Firebears, the rescue team!/Round the bend/House on fire!/Raise the ladder-higher, higher!" The action never stops in this fast-moving story. The illustrations, rendered in oils on illustration board, have a retro, naive '50s look and add a light touch to the seriousness of the firefighters' duties. Perfect to read before a field trip, or for a community-helper-themed storytime.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN
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PreS-Gr. 2. A busy day for a firehouse crew begins with a kitten up a tree (dubbed a "false alarm," but tell that to the kitten), continues on to a raging fire in a store, the rescue of a mother and child from a burning house, and, finally, a weary return "Back again, / Through the gate. . . / At Fire Station Number Eight," as the suns sets. Greene's very simple rhymes caption small-town scenes of polished, toylike buildings, vehicles, and small, round-earred bears in red fire hats and slickers. Although this take on an ever-popular theme may not carry the high drama of Chris Demarest's Firefighters A to Z (2000) and its sequels, children will applaud the heroic deeds of the courageous crew. John Peters
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My boys are running around quoting it and we've only read it twice so far.
Mrs. Mica
The book is adorable and has a good balance of text/pictures and the action keeps moving so it's not dull for child or adult.
Mallory Schultz Pernaa
I like that the bear fire fighters in the book were shown doing more than just putting out fires.
Melissa Sack

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on June 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Firebears are firemen bears that protect and serve in their area. The book shows what life in like at the station when the bears are waiting for a fire call. The first call they go on is to rescue a kitten from a tree. The next time they are called to fire at a business. After that fire is out they are called to another fire. This one is at someone home. The firefighters get the bears out safely and put out the fire. Then it's back to the station to await the next call!

I like that the bear fire fighters in the book were shown doing more than just putting out fires. Lots of kids think that is all they do.

Yes we would. Fire safety is very important. This simple picture book is a gentle way to introduce kids to fire fighters and the jobs that they do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tom johnson on June 25, 2008
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I chose this book for my two-year old greatnephew, Ansel, last Christmas - he looked and tossed it aside. But now his mother tells me it is THE bed time pick! I had thought it was a great balance of pictures with just enough text, and a quick moving story, and she agrees. Apparently it is the every night choice! Now my other niece says they have had to buy a copy for the other greatnephew, Paul....in fact, she tells me my younger niece said if the house were on fire, this is the book they'd save. Of course, not to worry, as the Fire Bears would save them all first!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grace_AZ on July 25, 2007
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Fire Bears is another good book by Greene for children of all ages. The bears are dedicated firemen and they rescue animals and people. The rhythm of the story keeps the little ones interested until the end. Then they want to read it again. The colors and the illustrations are fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leighton T. Anderson Sr. on August 8, 2007
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Our four year old grandson loves this book and wants it read to him over and over and over again. A real winner.
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More About the Author

RHONDA GOWLER GREENE is the author of over 20 children's books. Her books have received various honors, such as School Library Journal Best Book, American Booksellers "Pick of the List," Children's Book Council Showcase Book, Bank Street College Best Book, International Reading Association Children's Choice Book, Junior Library Guild selection, Michigan Reads One State One Children's Book Award, and also starred reviews.

A dynamic speaker, Rhonda loves presenting at schools, libraries, and conferences. She especially likes talking to students of all ages about how to improve their writing.

A former elementary learning disabilities teacher, Rhonda earned her B.A. in elementary and special education from Northern Kentucky University and her master's in educational media from Xavier University in Cincinnati. She currently resides in southeast Michigan. www.rhondagowlergreene.com

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