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POLICE OFFICERS ON PATROL by Kersten Hamilton

POLICE OFFICERS ON PATROL

By Kersten Hamilton (Author) , R.W. Alley (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-670-06315-4
Publisher: Viking

After a previous title celebrating firefighters (Firefighters to the Rescue, illustrated by Rich Davis, 2005), Hamilton addresses another civil servant—police officers. Calls come in to the squad room, where Sergeant Santole dispatches officers to take care of each problem. A broken traffic light? That’s Officer Mike’s job on traffic patrol in Car 3. He leaves the turtles he is helping across the road and rushes to direct traffic. A lost little boy in the park? Officer Jan on mounted patrol leaves the tourists she is helping with directions and gallops to help. Bank robbers? Officer Carl on crime patrol leaves the peanut-thieving squirrels to save the day. “Situation? / Under control! / ‘When people need help, / we rock and roll.’ ” While the rhymes don’t always scan well, the repetition and catchy rhythm will have kids chiming in. Charming details and expressive faces abound in Alley’s illustrations, which reassuringly reinforce the message that police officers can handle any emergency. A good introduction for the youngest audiences. (Picture book. 3-6)