From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-A dramatic account of the training and work of a firefighter as well as the role of fire in the natural world. Every page is packed with fascinating facts that will hold readers' attention. In addition, graphic full-color photographs convey the intensity, violence, and power of fire as well as the multi-tasked operations that firefighters undertake. While this book has a wealth of information for researchers, its organization does not promote such use. Chapter headings such as "Torch!" are exciting, but don't give a clear indication of content. In fact, this chapter begins with a discussion of the uses of fire to help wildlife and woodlands. Also, the glossary is incomplete. However, the book has lots of drama and appeal, making it well suited to browsing and leisure reading.Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
In a profession that catches workers somewhere between daredevil and do-gooder, smokejumpers risk their lives to protect the wilderness. Beil profiles a handful of men and women, capturing the drama, excitement, and danger of their job, and describing the tools, methods, and training that help them do their work. Beil's own photographs reflect the roller coaster pace of the work--from the burly man sitting at a sewing machine, repairing his parachute, to a tree exploding in a column of fire. The lack of an index limits the book's usefulness for reports, but the picture-book format and exciting photography will draw both readers and browsers. Pair this with Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's Fire
(1998), which contains more on the science of forest fires and the controlled burn method of preservation. A glossary is appended. Randy Meyer
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.