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Fireman Small - Fire Down Below! Paperback – August 30, 2004

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From Publishers Weekly

In a sequel to Fireman Small, Fireman Small: Fire Down Below! Wong Herbert Yee presents the teeny tiny firefighter as he flees the rain-soaked station for a drier night at the Pink Hotel. But when Small smells smoke not only must he get all the animal guests to safety ("Stop drop and roll!" he commands), but also find an inventive way to extinguish the fire.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-Fireman Small is trying to get some well-deserved sleep. A leaky roof at the fire station keeps him awake, so he decides to check into the Pink Hotel. Then, "Just at the moment his droopy eyes close,/Something disturbing starts tickling his nose." Springing into action, he sounds the fire alarm and leads the guests to safety. He instructs Alligator to take the stairs, not the elevator, and cautions Farmer Pig, "There's no time to dress or make up the bed,/Just grab a wet towel to cover your head." Everyone makes it outdoors, and Fireman Small saves the hotel. The rhyming sentences are well crafted and full of action. Children will relate to Yee's watercolor illustrations of the diminutive firefighter who cannot see over the hotel reception desk and has trouble reaching the door handle. Young listeners will applaud his heroism and learn safety tips in the process.

Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (August 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618494928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618494927
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,893,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My 3 ½-year-old son loves Fireman Small. He identifies with the fireman's diminutive stature and is entertained by the shenanigans of the silly animals he rescues. We both think Fireman Small Fire Down Below! is the best book ever. The illustrations are deceptively simple. From my son's point-of-view they are easy to understand and lively. I find them witty, complex, and beautifully composed. The singsong rhythm of the text makes it easy for me to read it over and over--as my son demands. Unlike many children's books, this one rewards multiple readings with new surprises. Don't miss the little mouse who turns up in odd places. While this book definitely charms kids, there are also amusing little vignettes that appeal to a grownup sensibility.
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Fireman Small returns in this humorous story with an important message about fire safety. Yee uses a variety of fire safety words and phrases in order to help young children learn what to do during a fire, for example: �No, no, No, not the elevator!�, �grab a wet towel to cover your head�, �stop, drop, and roll� and others. With the fire on the bottom floor of the hotel, Fireman Small has to help the people get to the roof. In humorous drawings and rhyming text, Yee shows Fireman small feeling the door to see if it is hot, pulling the fire alarm, knocking on doors to get guests out, etc. Great for a read aloud story time, especially during Fire Safety month. Some vocabulary terms (hotel, elevator, stairwell, fire escape) may need to be introduced prior to the reading, particularly in areas where children are not familiar with multi-story buildings.
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It's raining and Fireman Small's firehouse is leaking. Until the roof is patched Fireman Small will stay at the Pink Hotel. After working all day, Fireman Small expects to have a peaceful night. But when a fire breaks out in the hotel, it is up to Fireman Small to rescue the guests.

Fireman Small: Fire Down Below! has likeable characters, is written in rhyme and has colorful illustrations that will please those youngsters between the ages of two to four.
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By LSP on December 20, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We borrowed this Fireman Small book from the Library as my son is infatuated with Fireman and Firetrucks. Well, it was in bad shape from the library, but we read it several times again and again. They rhyming is very good for the younger children. My Son is 3 and on the way back to the Library, he 'read' the entire book back to me as i was driving. He memorized the entire book. So I had to find him his own, "Fire Down Below". I bought it used from an Amazon Seller and it looked brand new!
I had never bought anything used or not from Amazon, so I was worried. But it looked brand new and shipped quickly.
I Recommend for any child around 2-4.
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