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Tito The Firefighter:Tito El B Paperback – June 1, 2005

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Set in Spanish Harlem and written by a New York City firefighter, Tito, the Firefighter / Tito, el bombero, is the story of how the ability to speak two languages is a valuable asset. Tito speaks both English and Spanish. He is also a great admirer of the neighborhood firefighters, or bomberos. He makes friends with Richie, a firefighter, and hopes to be able to ride in the fire truck someday. Little does Tito imagine that his bilingual ability will help the bomberos save the day. He gets to realize his dream of being a firefighter (if only for a day) when he interprets a plea for help from a Spanish-speaking man into the English the firefighters can understand.

Tito's personality shines and his ready assistance is a lesson in good citizenship. Not only is his bilingual ability an advantage, but it actually proves a necessity in a potentially dangerous situation. Children will love the excitement of this embedded bilingual story. They will imagine themselves in Tito's place and come to appreciate his linguistic ability and helpful attitude.

This story is presented with embedded Spanish text. Take a story in English and sprinkle in a little Spanish. The word is first introduced in English and then reiterated in the same sentence, or in the same paragraph, in Spanish. Once the word is introduced, it is used in both languages within the context of the story. Illustrations, context and the different color ink with which the embedded words are printed, aid in making the leap from one language to another. A keyword vocabulary page is included in the back of the book to help with learning in either language.

Book is available in hardcover ISBN 0972497331 and paperback ISBN 0974199265.

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Kimberly Hoffman is an illustrator and a graphic designer who lives in Venice, California. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Design Communication from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Hoffman has traveled and lived in Ghana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, Africa. Zimbabwe's culture has inspired her and she hopes to co-author a children's story with her husband using this setting. When not busy with her artwork, Kimberly enjoys movies, bicycling, and Zabel, her orange-striped cat. Tito, the Firefighter / Tito, el bombero is her first published children's book.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Raven Tree Press (June 1, 2005)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0974199265
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0974199269
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 - 8 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 11.04 x 0.08 x 9.03 inches
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