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Tito The Firefighter:Tito El B Hardcover – June 28, 2005
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Grade 1-3–Tito, an energetic eight-year-old, lives in New York City. He is fascinated by the local firefighters and dreams of riding in their truck. He stops by the firehouse every day to chat with Richie, his favorite firefighter. It is fortunate that Tito is bilingual, for Richie speaks not a word of Spanish, which proves a liability when an agitated Spanish speaker shows up. Tito is able to translate–and gets a ride in the fire engine to boot. That the fire turns out to be nothing more than a pot of burned rice may strike children as a bit of a letdown, but the story is a refreshing slice of life. The Prismacolor pencil illustrations, enhanced by Adobe Illustrator, have a fuzzy-edged look that puts them just this side of anime. However, the bright color, activity, and realism give them considerable child appeal. With only 17 red highlighted Spanish words and phrases embedded in the English text, this book may have some application in ELL programs and could be used in conjunction with Chris L. Demarest's more informative Firefighters A to Z (S & S, 2000) to create a storytime on these local heroes.
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"I highly recommend this book!" -- Richard Picciotto, Deputy Chief Retired FDNY, author of Last Man Down
"Picture book storytelling at its best a fine addition to stories that include fire houses, fire equipment and especially firefighters." -- Dr. Jim Higgins, Prof. Emeritus, Queens College, City University of New York
" Hoffman's illustrations are special. Heightened, almost surrealistically sharp details produce a photographic quality first-rate artwork." -- Kirkus Reviews
" The combination of good public relations and the importance of knowing a second language team up to save the day " -- Albert Gonzáles, BA, Education, Captain & 23-year veteran FDNY, Former Vice-President, Hispanic Society, FDNY
" This attention-catching book validates the importance of being bilingual " -- ForeWord Magazine
" excellent job of capturing [NYC firefighters] a tribute to firefighters speaks to importance of knowing more than one language." -- MultiCultural Review
" exciting story may well inspire English-speaking children to want to be bilingual Hyper-realistic, computer-enhanced illustrations give lots of visual detail " -- Notes from the Windowsill
" principle value is in introducing Spanish You can teach safety skills bring the book to life by visiting a firehouse." -- The Reading Tub
" refreshing slice of life illustrations bright color, activity, and realism give them considerable child appeal some application in ELL programs " -- School Library Journal
" seamlessly weaves Spanish words into both the text and the pictures illustrations by Kimberly Hoffman are stunning " -- The Times Beacon Record, Setauket, NY
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This is the story of 8 year old Tito, a boy who gets the chance to make his dream come true after he translates for a Spanish speaking elderly gentlemen. The older man arrives at the fire station to report a fire, opening the doors for Tito to ride the fire truck.
Written mainly in English with key words in Spanish, "Tito the Firefighter" reads more or less in the stereotype "barrio" way of speaking. Unfortunately this cute tale is not such a good tool for teaching.
However, the book does contain a vocabulary and great illustrations that will capture young readers.
Reviewed by Betsie
With huge bold pictures by Kimberly Hoffman, Tim Hoppey tells a lively tale that will thrill your children.
Barbara A. Mascaro, District Elementary Librarian, Brentwood Public Schools, NY
The bright full-page illustrations are filled with detail, right down to the page numbers inside a fire shield. My students cheered for Tito, the Firefighter!
Library Media Specialist
Glens Falls, NY