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My Fire Engine Hardcover – March 15, 1999
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-A young boy takes out his toy fire truck and narrates an adventure filled with excitement and danger as he and his fellow firefighters battle a blaze. The story flows freely as the author blends factual information into the text: "I jump into the Pumper Engine and we're off. The siren blares to let people know we're coming." The action continues at the site of the fire with various firefighters assuming important roles: "The ladder crew breaks windows and makes holes in the roof to let out the heat, smoke, and poison gas." The house is saved and everyone is safe, including the family's pet rattlesnake. The last scene shows the boy in his room playing with realistic-looking toy fire engines, a cardboard "house," plastic figurines, and a small toy snake. This charming story is neatly illustrated with colored-pencil cartoons featuring bright reds, potent greens, and cheerful yellows, all of which look extra sharp on the crisp white background. Fire safety tips are displayed on the back cover. A nice addition for collections where this is a hot topic.
Lisa Gangemi Krapp, formerly at Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
For the same audience that took to Peter Ss's Fire Truck (1998), a spirited little educational fantasy from Rex (The Painting Gorilla, 1997). In a very young voice, a small boy describes his work as a firefighter. He covers equipment and tactics in crisp, no-nonsense sentences: ``I jump into the Pumper Engine and we're off. The siren blares to let people know we are coming. The Aerial Ladder Truck is right behind us. We drive quickly, but very safely.'' For so staccato a beat, the text is surprisingly soothing and quite authentically ingenuous. Softening the litany of fire-fighting facts (``The engine carries 750 gallons of water. That's equal to 25 full bathtubs'') is a modest episode of heroism in which a pet snake is rescued from the flamesall in a day's work. Adding an overall note of warmth in vivid red, yellow, and blue are Rex's colored-pencil illustrations, a medium that here is unrivaled in its welcoming and immediate appeal. (Picture book. 3-6) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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BUT...Would it have killed the writer to put in just one or two non-white faces among the firemen? Or a woman firefighter?
We read it to our 2-yr-old in the car tonight. My husband and I were appalled. Why a HOUSE fire where little ones are supposed to feel safe? Why POISON GAS where little ones have to worry about their own houses? Why did everyone get out safely but the family PET that all little ones love? Why is the family pet a dangerous RATTLESNAKE? We live in Florida - we teach our children to steer clear of snakes, not have them as pets.
Like the bright colors and bold graphics, but the story is so terrible this book is going right into the trash. We couldn't even give it away in good conscience.