Eight-feet-tall with "hands as big as Virginia hams," Mose Humphreys cuts a classic tall-tale figure, lifting trolley cars over his head and rescuing babies inside a stovepipe hat. And, echoing the World Trade Center attacks, "when others ran away from danger, Mose ran toward it." New York's Bravest follows the firefighting exploits of the mythic Mose and "his boys" in dramatic, near-theatrical spreads, right up to a fateful hotel fire near the Hudson: "All night, Mose ran in and out of the building, rescuing bankers, bakers, shoemakers, dressmakers, preachers, and politicians." But when the smoke clears, Mose is nowhere to be found. His fellows nervously hope that he's simply disappeared to drive a mule team in the Dakotas or to mine gold in California. But no, an old-timer later surmises, "Truth is, Mose is right here. He's marchin' with us in our parades. He's kickin' up his heels at our fancy dances.... And whenever we climb our ladders toward a blazing sky, he climbs with us."
Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher ably carry the alternating spectacle and pathos in New York's Bravest with colorful, outlandishly staged paintings. And while Pope Osborne's solemnity can border on maudlin (not surprising for a tribute), she ultimately succeeds in honoring our common potential for hope and simple courage, with the understanding that, while the bravery of one fancifully gifted individual might not be all that remarkable, the bravery of many--on and after September 11--certainly is.) (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Another wonderful children's book. My 3 year old grandson had me read this to him so often while his mom was on assignment that we were able to record him reading it (and turning... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Frequent Traveler
This was a Good book to go along with remembering September 11th. My students in my class really enjoyed it.Published 14 months ago by Denessa Dudley
Chilren and adults alike will enjoy this tall tale about an American Hero. Very appropriate for Patriots' Day!Published on October 15, 2009 by Clare Zelenski
Move over, Paul Bunyan, there's a new tall-tale hero in town.
Well, not exactly a new hero.
In the New York City of the 1840s lived a legendary firefighter named Mose... Read more