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Firefighters A To Z Hardcover – September 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 310L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689837984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689837982
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-Demarest takes a different approach to the subject in this rhyming alphabet book. Despite the simplicity of the format, a great deal of information is conveyed in the one line of text per page. While the author's note at the end elaborates on how a "K-tool" works and how "sounding" is done, the rhymes themselves are natural and meaningful. "G is for Go as we race at full speed./H is for Hoses and Hydrants we need." The bold pastel illustrations are dramatic and convey the action in an appealing manner. Karen Magnuson Beil's Fire in Their Eyes (Harcourt, 1999) uses full-color photographs for a more realistic portrayal of her subject. Nevertheless, Firefighters is sure to spark the interest of young enthusiasts.
Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Children fascinated by fire fighters will find plenty to please them in this large-format picture book, in part, because Demarest knows the subject firsthand: he's a member of a volunteer fire department. As the title suggests, the text is arranged alphabetically, beginning with "A is for Alarm that rings loud and clear. / B is for Boots stowed in our bunker gear." Though the rhyming verse is less satisfying than the dramatic artwork, the simplicity of the text makes this picture book accessible to kids young enough to be excited about fire engines. The large-scale, deeply colored pictures, ablaze with yellows and orange-reds, show broad scenes, such as two firefighters knocking down a wall and closer views, such as a firefighter's hand using a "kool-tool" to open a door. In three appended pages of notes, he discusses fire fighting and explains some aspects of the text. A colorful, dramatic introduction that future firefighters will adore. Carolyn Phelan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

More About the Author

Born in the 1950s, Chris Demarest was influenced by both his parents' artist abilities. His mother once worked for the Walt Disney animation studios and his father was a life-long doodler. In the upstairs attic of his parents' house, Demarest's father escaped to draw pictures of airplanes. That passion led his father to join the US Army Air Force in WWII, flying the dangerous missions from India into China, referred to as 'the Hump".

Demarest spent most of his years in publishing doing a cartoon, light-hearted style, but tapped into his youth and began working on a series of adventure books. Firefighters A to Z became a NY Time Best Book 2000. Documenting more firefighting careers, USCG work and the Hurricane Hunters, Demarest does all his research first hand. In 2004, he flew with the Hurricane Hunters out of Biloxi Mississippi into Hurricane Ivan, a Cat 4 storm.

His latest book, ARLINGTON: A History of Arlington National Cemetery will be published by Roaring Brook Press, Fall 2010.

Contact info: chris.demarest51@gmail.com
Website: http://www.pbase.com/chrisdemarest
603 460-3095

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Pictures are wonderful and text is informative.
Susan Hayes
My four year old son loves firefighters and he loves this book.
meaux
I am sure that every little firefighter would love this book!
J. Rocchi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Lots and lots of interesting pictures not seen in other firefighting books - these focus on the fire fighters and the job they do rather than the trucks. This book also gently introduces the idea that fighting fires is DANGEROUS - fire fighters must continuously test the floors for weakness, do a primary search to locate people before the hoses ever get turned on, chop holes in the roof to let explosive gasses out, etc., which has opened up some very educational discussions with my sons. A valuable addition to our firefighting collection - one that gets read at least once a day.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Mom on October 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If there was some way to give this book more than 5 stars, I would. My 5 year old son has read this book so many times that we both have it memorized. The illustrations are wonderful, the text easy enough for a beginning reader, yet challenging enough that my 8 year old neighbor loves it as well. He explains the unfamiliar terms in the Author's Notes in the back of the book. What a fantastic book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ziller, Librarian on September 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Written by a trained fireman, this exciting alphabet book realistically takes the reader through a fire fighter's day as it goes through the alphabet. Its rhymes are unforced, written in natural language. Firefighting vocabulary is explained. The illustrations capture the excitement of firefighting. Includes an illustration of equipment and further informative fire fighting facts in an author's note. This book is sure to become a favorite.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
What an exciting yet simple book this is! The text is easy for the 4 to 8 year old to understand and illustrations are clear, colorful, and will capture any small child who is intrigued with firefighters. I really enjoyed the author's note at the end of the book - don't miss that!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Great pictures, great way for a 4 year old boy who swears he is going to be a fireman to learn his letters. Terrific!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Gerbracht on December 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
If your child loves firefighters, then you must buy this book. Our son loves this book. While most A to Z books are usually just ok, this one does it better. There is an actual story which adds a nice element to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kai Carter on August 10, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What a pleasure it is to read this book with my son!
I first checked it out at the library for him. It is the ONLY book that I have purchased for him after checking out at the library. The illustrations are amazing - the whole thing reminds me of a Normal Rockwell painting. Just gorgeous. A book both parent and child will enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela J. Zaev on March 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great ABC teaching tool for children fascinated by the big red fire engines racing past. Learn some of the key terms and aspects of what firefighters do to save lives.

Young children will enjoy learning about the very exciting and dangerous aspects of being a firefighter. With the imagery and vivid colors, children will certainly get the message that fires are serious and dangerous business that should be left to professionals (and trained volunteers). It is a great book to approach the topic of fire safety with young children.
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