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Fireman Small Paperback – August 26, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (August 26, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395816599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395816592
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Rhymed verse and tidy watercolors describe how a fireman rescues Farmer Pig's cat and all the other animals in town. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-Fireman Small, the only firefighter (and seemingly the only human) "this side of the bay," has a never-ending job. As soon as he pulls into station number nine, walks upstairs, gets into bed, and pulls the covers over his head, the alarm sounds, and he is called off to rescue yet another hapless cat, or rabbit, or hippopotamus in his unusually diverse community. He may be exhausted, but he is also greatly appreciated by those he protects. Young children will enjoy the drama of this plucky firefighter's rescue missions and the coziness of his dollhouselike quarters. Brown-skinned Fireman Small and his faithful Dalmation make a charming pair, and this simple rhyming story is endearing.
Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Warm sunny days are outdoor days; bike riding days, running days. Cold, wet, snowy days are indoor days; writing days, illustrating days. In Michigan, there are plenty of days for writing and illustrating. Just as well, I do have to make a living. And I can think of nothing better than writing and illustrating children's books. For more about me and my books visit my blog and website at: wongherbertyee.blogspot.com

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I love it that the race of Fireman Small is so ambiguous.
elizabeth harvin
The rhyming, repetitive text makes this a nice bedtime book, and the lovely, folk-art-ish pictures are a great complement to the text.
Carol S.
This book was a favorite for my son when he was 3 years old.
John R. Mollett

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carol S. VINE VOICE on July 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
My 2 1/2 yr old son loves this book about a diminutive firefighter who lives by the bay. There's just enough rescuing and extinguishing to satisfy his obsession with firefighters, yet the book avoids the didactic, detail-laden, wooden tone of so many books for young children about this topic. The rhyming, repetitive text makes this a nice bedtime book, and the lovely, folk-art-ish pictures are a great complement to the text.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When my infant became a mobile toddler and developed the attention span of a gnat, I missed the cozy fun of reading him stories. But for Fireman Small he'll cuddle on my lap and listen to the fun, catchy rhymes...and usually ask to hear it again. The repetitive rhyme ("Closes the curtains, gets in bed, And pulls the covers over his head") makes it a wonderful wind-down book at the end of the day.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lightspring on August 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
Wow, when I bought "Fireman Small" last year for my 5 year old, I knew it would be a hit with him (something about small boys and fire trucks...), and indeed it was. But I was completely unprepared for the ferocity with which his 19-month old sister loves this book as well. We read "Small" (her word for it) several times a day. The beautifully-rhymed text holds her attention and we have a great time chanting it all together. I think she is particularly pleased at the end when poor Fireman Small finally gets his well-deserved rest after a busy day of rescuing cats from trees, baby bunnies from wells, and putting out an actual fire. My 5 year old knows the words by heart, and we often sing a snatch or two of the refrain at odd times during the day (which, of course, prompts the little one to get the book and demand a complete reading). Warning -- this book will get into your skull too! I am looking for more books by Wong Herbert Yee, and I expect them to be just as charming and wonderful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
At our house we usually borrow books out of the library. When the book becomes a favorite, we buy the book for our home collection. Fireman Small is one of those favorite books. Both my son and daughter love it. The repetitive phrase, "He rolled up into Station Number Nine, walked upstairs two steps at a time..." is soothing to small ones. Each time he comes back to the station, his room gets messier and messier. Finally at the end, his friends ring the bell one last time to thank him for all his help and he finally gets to rest! You won't regret buying it. The illustrations are just average though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Too many rhyming children's books make no sense, but this one combines a simple start and finish plus an identifiable plot (story). I know this book is great because it holds the attention of our one-year old son better than any other book. I believe this is due to the simple rhymes and animation required by the adult to read the book outloud properly. The bottom line...our one-year old child loves this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gayle Williams on March 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
That's how many times we've read "Fireman Small," and we simply LOVE it. We first read it in 1996 to our oldest son, now 7, and he reads it to his little brother, now age 2. It's a wonderful, lively story about brave little Fireman Small, which also teaches cooperation, compassion and frienship. What an excellent book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. LISLE on December 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought A Small Christmas over the holidays and my son, 2 1/2 years old, really liked it. So, I looked to see what else the author had done. We chose Fireman Small and we've been reading it every day since we got it. My son calls is Fireman Small and the Wolf, because there's a picture of a wolf on the cover. The drawings are sweet, lots of different animals, Fireman Small is very dedicated to his job and the townsfolk all appreciate him. Cute repetitive text so your little ones can join in once they've heard it a few times. I think anyone would be pleased with this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book has been a favorite of my two sons, one now 6, the other 3 1/2, for years! It's one that both have enjoyed since the little one could sit and listen to stories. The best part is that we really enjoy reading the rhyming text, even as often as they ask. My sons' nursery school teacher asked to borrow it after we brought it in for story time,because she wanted to read it to the other classes! Now I'm buying it for gifts-for friends and the school!
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