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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 350L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books; Reprint edition (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375838414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375838415
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Mary Pope Osborne (of Magic Tree House fame) honors the 343 firefighters who died on September 11 by retelling a 19th-century legend about another heroic NYC blaze battler.

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.

From Publishers Weekly

Past and present combine to stirring effect in this tall tale with real-world reverberations. Dedicated "To the memory of the 343 New York City firefighters who gave their lives to save others on September 11, 2001," Osborne's (the Magic Tree House series) story, set against 19th-century New York City, draws on the legend of real-life firefighter Mose Humphrey. In a subtle parallel to last fall's catastrophe, the author notes that eight-feet-tall Mose, with "hands as big as Virginia hams," runs toward danger as others run away. Johnson and Fancher (Copp‚lia) portray the man's powerful figure from street level, to emphasize his height and heft as he rushes to a burning building or lifts a horse-drawn trolley that bars the hero's way. After Mose courageously makes repeated trips into a burning hotel to rescue all of the guests, his co-workers realize that Mose is nowhere to be found. This vague sense of loss and lack of resolution will hit home for many youngsters; the artists evoke a solemn mood with ash-covered cobblestone streets and the long faces of fellow firefighters. But the words of an old-timer help them carry on their noble mission in the hero's memory: "Whenever we climb our ladders toward a blazing sky, he climbs with us." Author and artist carefully and respectfully balance the tall-tale ingredients with actual events to craft a loving tribute one that may well help youngsters cope with the loss of these brave leaders. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

ABOUT MAGIC TREE HOUSE®:
Widely regarded among parents, teachers, and librarians for its power to instill a passion for reading, Mary Pope Osborne's award-winning Magic Tree House series is an international phenomenon and has sold more than 120 million books worldwide since its debut in 1992, and has been translated into 32 different languages in over 30 international markets. There are currently 51 Magic Tree House books and 28 Fact Trackers, the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles. All Magic Tree House books are available in print, as ebooks and Listening Library audio books, which are all narrated by Mary Pope Osborne. Visit www.MagicTreeHouse.com for more information about the series, activities, and more.

The Magic Tree House Classroom Adventures Program is a free, comprehensive set of online educational resources for teachers developed by Mary Pope Osborne as gift to teachers, to thank them for their enthusiastic support of the series. Complete with lesson plans, curriculum guides, and creative activities, the Classroom Adventures Program incorporates every book in the series, including the nonfiction Fact Tracker titles, enabling teachers to build upon students' interest in Jack and Annie's adventures, while simultaneously meeting core curriculum standards across a multitude of subjects. Educators can learn more at http://mthclassroomadventures.org/.

MARY POPE OSBORNE is an ardent advocate and supporter of children's literacy, and the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including novels, retellings of mythology and folklore, picture books, biographies, and mysteries. From 1993-1997, Ms. Osborne served as president of the Authors Guild, the country's leading organization for published authors. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, visiting schools and speaking on issues related to children's literacy. She recently spoke at the UN regarding the importance of worldwide literacy and was profiled on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams for her continued efforts. Mary has donated over 250,000 books to children in need through her Gift of Books program. She resides in Connecticut. The creator of the Magic Tree House series, Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with her husband, WILL OSBORNE, and her sister, NATALIE POPE BOYCE.

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I had the honor of hearing Mary Pope Osborne read this story to a room full of fellow librarians at the Texas Library Association Convention in Dallas this past April. I have never been so moved. As the lights were raised at the end of the reading/slide show of illustrations, there was not a dry eye in the room. The book is a moving, stirring tribute to the fireman heroes of 9/11 and of all time. I made the comment to the weeping librarian who was seated on my right that I would never be able to read the story orally because I would not be able to do it without breaking down. The story of Mose is a truly wonderful one. No, I will not give you a step by step detail of what the story says, but I will tell you that you will never forget the last page. I know I never will.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LonestarReader VINE VOICE on September 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My students were completely enthralled by this story of bravery and sacrifice. This book touched all our hearts. Mary Pope Osborne's retelling of the Mose tall tale evokes humor and empathy. Mose is a firefight whose strength and courage has saved countless lives. One night they go out on a call to fight a fire at a hotel. Mose works all night carrying people out of the hotel to safety. In the morning as the firefighters wind up their hoses to go home they realize Mose is not there. One of the firemen asks "Where's Mose?"

When I read this story,I pause there to let the implications of that question sink in. As it does, the listeners' expressions are so moving. I hear whispers of "Oh no!" If you can get through the rest of the book without a a choking voice you are made of sterner stuff than I.

We are all grateful that there is a little bit of Mose in every firefighter who climbs a ladder "toward a blazing sky."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on October 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"New York's Bravest" combines text by Mary Pope Osborne with paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. The book begins with a historical note in which Osborne describes the background of her tale. In 1848, a heroic firefighter character first began appearing in stage productions. This character was based on a real-life New York City firefighter named Mose Humphreys. In 1915, historian Herbert Asbury included some Mose stories in two collections of stories about old New York. As Osborne observes, firefighter Mose is "America's first urban folk hero."
Osborne's story takes place in a past era where newsboys sold papers for a penny each. The story's hero is Mose, an eight foot tall firefighter with superhuman strength. Sample text: "'Come on boys!' said Mose. Mose was the most famous firefighter in New York City."
The story is well enhanced by colorful illustrations that are full of great details. There are some exciting firefighting scenes, as well as some nice pictures of Mose engaged in less dangerous pursuits (such as eating a hearty meal).
The book has the following dedication: "To the memory of the 343 New York City firefighters who gave their lives to save others on September 11, 2001." It's a beautiful tribute that I recommend to readers of all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This isn't a focus on 9/11 but a survey of firefighting in the 1840s and the heroism of one of the bravest, Mose Humphreys. Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher's paintings of old New York bring this biography to life in this exploration of a well-known American tall tale.
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Format: Hardcover
What child isn't fascinated by firefighters and their bright shiny engines and trucks? Fighting fires is so clearly a heroic occupation that the men and women who do so rank with cartoon superheros in a child's imagination. These are people who routinely risk their own lives pursuing one of the world's most dangerous professions to save the lives of others.

This book is dedicated to the memory of those firefighters who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on 11 September 2001, and what a beautiful tribute it is. The story of Mose, a larger-than-life character similar to Paul Bunyon, reflects the long history of fire fighting in New York. It shows us the true spirit of firefighters everywhere, and reminds us of the dangers of the job (even Mose can't escape!). The illustrations are gorgeous, and help make this a truly memorable memorial to those who dedicate their lives to helping others.
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