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F Is for Firefighting Hardcover – January 31, 2007
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1—This up-to-date treatment of a high-interest topic is perfect for its intended audience, and children will soak up details like sponges. From "A is for Alarm" to "Z is for Zones," each page introduces a different aspect of firefighting. Crisp, colorful illustrations depict the topics, and thick borders frame the artwork as well as the text boxes at the bottom of the pages. Alphabet letters are placed in the top left-hand corner and cleverly decorated to correspond with the accompanying subject matter. Butler goes beyond the typical explanations of fire trucks and fire stations by providing information on vehicles rarely included in such basic nonfiction. Airport crash rescue vehicles, grass trucks, mobile-command vehicles, quint trucks, and water-rescue vehicles are considered along with such devices as key boxes, outriggers, and thermal imaging cameras. Historical tidbits about bucket brigades and the original duties of Dalmatian dogs are also provided. This accessible resource can be used to supplement community and community-workers curriculum areas.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
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From the Inside Flap
"Informative and intriguing."
Do you know why dalmatians were a necessity in nineteenth-century firehouses? Have you ever heard of a thermal imaging camera or a quint truck? Do you know how fire trucks can override traffic signals? Did you realize that firefighters do more than fight fires?
Filled with vivid explanations and detailed illustrations of firefighters in action and the equipment used in any given situation-from extinguishers to the Jaws of Life, from sirens to outriggers--this book is an excellent introduction to the courageous, intense, and heroic profession of firefighting.
Whether your child is an aspiring firefighter or just likes the way fire trucks look and sound, here is a wonderful way to learn more about these admirable rescue workers who touch our lives no matter who we are or where we live.
Award-winning author Dori Hillestad Butler was inspired to write this book because of her sons' fascination with firefighting when they were little and because of her father-in-law, who is a retired fire marshal.
Butler began her career writing for magazines. She has been a ghostwriter for the Sweet Valley Twins and the Boxcar Children series, and she is the author of My Mom's Having a Baby, Sliding into Home, Do You Know the Monkey Man, and the Tank Talbott books. She lives in Coralville, Iowa, with her husband, two sons, a dog, and a cat.
Illustrator Joan C. Waites has illustrated more than thirty-five books for the educational and trade marketplace, including three previous books for Pelican: Moon's Cloud Blanket, The Waving Girl, and Daniel Boone: Trailblazer. Joan lives and works in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband, Gerard, and their three children.