From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2 - On Thanksgiving Day, the firefighters at Station 1 are busy preparing a holiday dinner. While two of them are grocery shopping in the morning, a call comes in over their cell phone and they rush out, leaving behind a full shopping cart. After they've put out the fire, they go back to the store, help mop up the melted ice cream, and return to the station. Then another call comes in. In fact, every time they put out a fire and return to the firehouse, they inevitably get another call. In one of the later fires, Lou, who had volunteered to cook, is injured. This time, when the others return, they find a sumptuous holiday feast with a heartfelt thank-you note attached, and they take some of this food to Lou in the hospital. Vibrant, somewhat surreal illustrations vividly depict the firefighters walking through doorways ablaze in orange flames. Despite a tendency toward a crowded, sometimes confusing look to the spreads and some forced rhyming structure, firefighter fans should enjoy this story. - James K. Irwin, Nichols Library, Naperville, IL
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PreS-Gr. 2. This rhymed, picture-book tribute follows firefighters through a Thanksgiving Day as they struggle to shop and prepare a special meal in between calls to duty: "They wash the trucks, hang hose to dry / Roll out crust for pumpkin pie." Eventually, after raging fires leave one of the team hospitalized, the company of firefighters abandons meal preparation altogether only to receive a delicious, ready-to-eat feast from the grateful community. A few lines of text seem out of step with the story and may confuse young children: "Pack up gear and fill the tank. / Plan the next big rookie prank. / The turkey's frozen. Is it too late?" But the actions and sacrifice shine through the confusion, particularly in the large, slightly stylized acrylic paintings of firefighters amid the flames. Young children curious about rescue-worker stories will enjoy the suspense and drama of the men (and one woman) at work. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved