NEW YORK’S BRAVEST by Mary Pope Osborne
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NEW YORK’S BRAVEST

Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In response to September 11th, Osborne returned to her story of the legendary 19th-century New York City volunteer firefighter Mose Humphreys (American Tall Tales, 1991) and refashioned it into a stirring picture-book tribute to the 343 firefighters who died on that terrible day. Mose is larger than life and has no fear: “When others ran away from danger, Mose ran toward it.” Is a trolley blocking their path? Mose lifts it out of the way. Is a baby in danger in a burning tenement? Mose rescues him. All over town, in factories and tenements and mansions, Mose fights fires until the night a hotel burns to the ground and in the morning, he’s missing, never to be seen again. Then the rumors begin about supposed sightings. Wishful thinking, but in fact, he’s still with the department as they march in parades and climb ladders because he’s “the very spirit of New York City.” The large, textured oil paintings are full of vitality and depict an old New York with cobblestones, ragmen, sailing ships, and horse-drawn wagons. The red of Mose’s flannel shirt fills the oversized pages providing a comforting focal point. Not merely a title about one day of terror, Osborne’s brief but well-fashioned text stirs the spirit to celebrate a quiet and caring bravery. (historical note) (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 13th, 2002
ISBN: 0-375-82196-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2002




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Mary Pope Osborne
January 6, 2015

Danger in the Darkest Hour is beloved children’s writer Mary Pope Osborne’s latest entry in the Magic Tree House series and it features Jack and Annie’s most dangerous mission ever. The magic tree house has taken Jack and Annie back in time to England in 1944. England is fighting for its life in World War II. Before long, Jack and Annie find themselves parachuting into Normandy, France, behind enemy lines. The date is June 5. Will the brave brother and sister team be able to make a difference during one of the darkest times in history? “It appears there is nowhere Osborne’s Magic Tree House cannot take readers, as this successful foray suggests,” our reviewer writes. View video >

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