From School Library Journal
Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2—In Mrs. Iverson's classroom, cardboard boxes are transformed into fire engines that are "fast and noisy—just like the REAL ones." At the sound of the recess bell, three friends lead the way onto the playground with fire hoses crafted out of paper tubes, oxygen masks fashioned out of scarfs, and siren wails of "WEEEE-OOO! WEEE-OOO!" Their teacher joins in the make-believe fun and then invites the fire department for a school visit. The male and female firefighters engage the class with stories about "rescuing people from burning buildings" and then stage a practice drill, emphasizing the Australian fire slogan of "get down low and GO, GO, GO!" Rawlins's acrylic illustrations feature bright, primary colors that stand out against the clean, white backgrounds. The young children are shown exploring the inside of the fire truck alongside their mentors. A great choice for introducing not only fire safety, but also creative play.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Miss Iverson’s class loves to play firehouse. “WEEE-OOO! WEEE-OOO!” they cry as they race around the playground using large boxes as surrogate fire trucks and long tubes as fire hoses. After this excitement, “We flop to the ground—tired and dirty.” But their adventure is not over yet as a real fire truck with two firefighters aboard shows up to tell the children about fighting fires and rescuing people. Then the children get to climb into the fire truck and look around. Rawlins’ colorful illustrations show a lively group of students and their teacher enjoying a day of learning and fun. Since Whiting is Australian, she uses the “down under” safety slogan to “get down low and GO, GO, GO!” which may prove confusing to children used to the warning “Stop! Drop! And Roll.” Otherwise, this book about firefighters will be a popular addition to libraries and preschool classrooms. Preschool-Grade 2. --Bina Williams