Firefighters! Speeding! spraying! saving!

Patricia Hubbell

Book - 2007

Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate firefighters and what they do.

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Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Tarrytown, NY : M. Cavendish Children c2007.
Main Author
Patricia Hubbell (-)
Other Authors
Viviana Garófoli (illustrator)
1st ed
Physical Description
unpaged : ill. ; 23 cm
Contents unavailable.
Review by Booklist Review

Firefighters rush! Scurry! / Down the pole. Slide! Hurry! Preschoolers will point at the bright pictures and act out the urgent, noisy rescue drama in this simple story. With a chanting rhyme and precise, brightly colored computerized illustrations, the double-page spreads show the fast action while the words imitate the clanging bells and screeching alarms (Whee-ahh! Whooo! ), as the big, zooming truck rushes to put out the flames and save people from a burning house. Although the illustrator is different, this book will attract fans of Hubbell's previous tales about vehicles, encouraging them to take part in zooming, clanging play--and the louder the noise, the better. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2007 Booklist

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Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-The author of Trucks (2003) and Cars (2006, both Marshall Cavendish) presents another winner, this time about community heroes. The tale begins with the "Clang! Clang! Clang!" of the alarm. The firefighters rush to get dressed and board their truck, along with Spot, the firehouse Dalmatian. Brief, pulsing, rhythmic text flows across the pages: "Swing aboard! Hit the gas./Ladder truck roars, heads out fast./Sirens screech-Whee-ahh! Whooo!/Pumper truck comes zooming through!" The crew arrives at the burning building, hauls out the hoses, and rescues the people trapped inside. After a tiring day, the team (including one female) heads back to the station for rest and food, until the bell sounds again. The digital, cartoon-style artwork is simple. Done in vibrant hues of predominantly primary colors, the pictures blend clean backdrops with more detailed views of the firefighters and their equipment. This attractive book on a popular topic will be a big hit at storytime and perfect for one-on-one sharing.-DeAnn Okamura, San Mateo County Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Horn Book Review

Swing aboard! Hit the gas. / Ladder truck roars, heads out fast."" Young readers witness four firefighters (three men, one woman) doing their thing, from suiting up to extinguishing a blaze to chilling out afterward. Some of the rhymes stumble, but most are as zippy and fleet as the book's heroes. The digitally rendered art has an eye-pleasing cut-paper look. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

This rhyme will burn bright for imaginations that are ignited by sirens, red trucks and lifesaving heroes. When the alarm sounds, "CLANG! CLANG! CLANG!" the firefighters rush down the pole and prepare to face the emergency. They "[p]ut on great big fireproof suits. Put on helmets, gloves, and boots." With their eager Dalmatian at the heel, they jump aboard the cherry red truck and let the sirens wail. They reach the flaming building with hoses squirting, save lives and, after much toiling, vanquish the flames. Back at the station, they gear down, clean up and settle in with cookies and coffee. There are loads of details and plenty of noisy sound words like "crackle," "roar" and "whoosh" to keep preschool minds captivated. The illustrations are bright and bold with crisp graphics of eager firefighters, orange flames and the well-equipped fire truck figuring prominently. The simplicity of the artwork, however, sets this book far apart from Hubbell's previous three: Cars (2006), Trucks (2003) and Trains (2005), which focus more on vehicles and feature inventive collage art by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy. This one's a siren song for those youngest of firefighters. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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