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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550745719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550745719
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-When a young girl meets a dragon at the beach, she invites him to tea. While they are enjoying a scrumptious meal, the dragon sneezes a fiery sneeze, and flames shoot up from the tablecloth and curtains. The child's new friend panics and tries to hide, but she keeps her cool and helps to get him and her family out of the house safely. The rhyming text has an infectious cadence that should appeal to youngsters. The colored-pencil illustrations are bright and follow the story line well. Tips are appended for teachers and/or parents to use in helping children learn what to do in case of a fire in their homes. In addition, "The Dragon's Fire-Safety Rhyme" helps reinforce the primary rules. A unique way to introduce a very important subject.
Krista Grosick, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Kirkus Reviews

This rhyming picture book, subtitled ``Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons),'' takes a low-key but effective approach to the serious topic of fire safety. A girl invites a dragon home to tea. Pepper on the pickle causes the problem: ``Then the dragon's nose twitched, and he started to wheeze. His eyes misted up, and he blew a great sneeze. A-A-A-Choooooo! . . . Flames shot from his mouth and from both nostrils too.'' The dragon wants to hide under the rug, but the girl wisely drags him outside while her mother goes next door to call the fire department. The fire fighters, men and women, put out the blaze and praise the child for following fire safety rules. Softly colored drawings help convey the message without frightening the children for whom the story is intended. An attractive, useful volume. (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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My 4 year old LOVES this book!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Kramer on October 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book provides important fire safety messages in a way that is not frightening to small chidren. And the storybook format makes it more likely that the messages will be reinforced by the parent or family member reading to their child. Several important fire safety rules are included; don't hide in the burning building, get low and crawl to safety, get out of a burning building quickly, meet at the agreed-upon meeting place, call 911, don't go back into the burning building, etc. A delightful and important book for young children.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Burbank on December 20, 2006
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I have been a professional fire fighter for more than twenty years. I thoroughly enjoy reading this book to my kids and to school children whenever I have the chance. The book covers important fire safety topics but folds the safety curriculum into a wonderful story. I have read this story aloud a hundred times and it has always been a wonderful experience. -- If I could, I would place a copy of this book into every young child's classroom.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TnT on July 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My 4 year old LOVES this book!
I had only talked briefly about fire safety until this book. It's written in a cute rhyming style, and it's easy to make it into a song or make it into a catchy tune while reading. We made it like a song. This really drew my child into the story, and even myself. I was so engrossed in it that I almost choked when I caught a glance of my child's wide-eyed horror look when we got to the climax part about the house catching on fire and needing to just get out leaving everything (toys) inside. I never stopped reading, and at the end, my child had tear filled eyes and just buried her head in my lap. We both cried, and then talked about the book and read it again. There is a cute summation poem at the end, that hits on the major point again that there's 'just one you' and doing what you need to do to keep yourself safe if there's a fire.
This book lead us to a wonderful discussion about fire safety. Stressing the person is more important than what's in the house, getting out safe, having a meeting place, etc. My child has a hard time thinking of leaving her toys behind if the house were to catch on fire. I think it's wonderful how the books stresses the importance of the individual..."because there's just one you."
We checked this out from our local library, and it's one we'll be buying to add to our own! Now, if this same writer/illustrator had one about strangers....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Bell on March 22, 2014
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When the Fire Department came to visit my Kindergarten class, the officer read this book to my class. I knew I definitely wanted to have it in my books to read this year for my new class. They were still talking about it weeks later and some of them were role playing at recess the actions of the dragon. Such a positive message presented in such a kid friendly way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kss on December 2, 2012
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My students really learned a lot from this book. They learned a lot about fire safety. It was great because they learned and it was entertaining!
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I got this book to use as a giveaway at a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting because our topic was fire safety. When I received it I read it through first and loved it! I ended up buying one for my kids - who love the book. It is a wonderful little story about a girl and a dragon. The dragon accidently catches their tea party on fire and the girl knows how to get out of the house safely and to not go back in. Children under 5 are twice as likely to die in a fire so teaching them fire safety is critical. The topic can be confusing and scary for them, but this book does an excellent job at helping to teach them while making it fun. A great book to reinforce what you are already teaching them about fire safety (or to help you get started teaching them!). I am going to buy the other books in this series now!
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It's about a tea party catastrophe, but it's not just for girls. Dragon accidentally catches the house on fire in the middle of a tea party. He would have been in a lot of trouble if it wasn't for the wise girl he was visiting. She knew exactly what to do and calmly taught him fire safety. I believe the text rhymes through the whole story. After the story are a fire safety poem and fire rule list.
We homeschool, so I used this book to teach/review fire safety with all my kids (toddler to early elem.) I've also read the water safety book in this series. It's cute too, but the plot and safety rules don't blend together as well as they blended in this fire safety book. (Obviously, the poem and rules list at the back of the water safety book are good.)
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I am a fire inspector and spend part of the year doing public education for K-6th graders in fire safety. I purchased a variety of fire safety educational books to read to kids several years ago in the search for a good educational book. This book has become my favorite, and go to book for reading to kids. It is entertaining, and yet allows me to teach important lessons in fire safety while keeping the attention of my audience on the story. It strikes the right balance between story and fire safety lessons, in a single package. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
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Jean E. Pendziwol lives in the Ontario community of Thunder Bay on the north shore of Lake Superior. She has drawn on the rich culture, history and geography of the region for inspiration for her stories. Her first book, "No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons)" has been a best seller for Kids Can Press and a valuable international resource for teaching fire safety in a manner that is engaging, entertaining and accessible. Her most recent picture book, "Once Upon a Northern Night," published by Groundwood Books, was shortlisted for the prestigious 2013 Governor General's Literary Awards. Jean E. lives in a world of dreams, painted in words where dragons are tamed and history breathes, where hope falls gently like snow.

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