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The Firefighters Hardcover – August 12, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763640190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763640194
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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Format: Hardcover
The fire alarm has sounded and the children must hurry to get their firefighting equipment on. Coats, boots and hats are hurriedly put on. Mia, Jack and the little red headed fireman are all ready to go and have to nudge Mrs. Iverson into action. "BRIIIIIING! BRIIIIIING!" the alarm means there's a fire and they need to get into their truck to hurry to the scene. The boxes . . . er, the fire trucks are ready to roll. "Squeeze in, Mrs. Iverson," says Mia. "WEEE-OOO! WEEE-OOO! WEEE-OOO! The siren has been sounded and they are on their way!

Out the door and quickly past the playground equipment. They must get to the fire! The children in the sandbox stare, but they don't have time to acknowledge them. Their "fire engines are fast and noisy-just like the REAL ones!" They find the roaring fire and prepare to work so Lulu's Ice Creamery won't go up in flames. Oxygen masks go on, the hoses are set up and the battle is on. They squelch out the flames and the little firefighters are tired and pleased. "WEEE-OOO! WEEE-OOO! WEEE-OOO! Now that was a real siren. What is going on?

This is a fantastic, imaginative book that will interest boys and girls alike. The whirlwind adventure was very exciting and the very colorful, vibrant art work brought the story to life. The enthusiasm relayed by this story will be catching. Be prepared for a lot of noisy little children if you read this in a group. "WEEE-OOO! WEEE-OOO! WEEE-OOO! This is a good one!
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By Jennifer G. Boyer on March 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old son loves this book. The illustrations and story are adorable. As a teacher myself, I could recognize that the author was a teacher, too. She reinforces the "Get down low and go, go, go" statement, as well. Overall, it's a cute book for children.
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