FIVE LITTLE FIREFIGHTERS by Tom Graham

FIVE LITTLE FIREFIGHTERS

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Age Range: 2 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Their dinner interrupted by the fire alarm, five firefighters (including a woman and representing four different races) get dressed while dashing to the fire engine. In a city neighborhood, flames shoot out the windows of an apartment building. The firefighters work together to roll out the hoses, open the hydrant, set up the ladders and break down the door. As a few pour water on the fire, two more go up the ladder to rescue a couple and their two children. But everyone is not out: “Cleo?” “Oh no!” One firefighter dons a mask and crawls under the smoke to rescue the cat. After caring for their equipment, the firefighters can finally eat their dinner and catch some well-earned Zs. Graham’s watercolor illustrations neatly suit the intended audience, giving enough detail for realism but not enough to frighten youngsters. A small trim size, minimal text, speech bubbles, onomatopoeia and the presence of the station Dalmatian make this a sweetly intimate choice for introducing firefighting and fire safety to preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8697-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2008