"Edward wants to be a firefighter. One day he and Judy visit a firehouse."
Firehouse! by Mark Teague. Orchard Books (May 2010); ISBN 9780439915007; 32 pagesMy first introduction to Mark Teague was during the summer of 2007. I was in charge of the summer library program at a small public library and he created the exceptional artwork for the "Get a Clue @ Your Library" nationwide programs that year. The artwork featured the Ike LaRue canine character from his LaRue books. That same summer my daughter, just a toddler, also discovered the How Do Dinosaurs... series that Teague illustrated. We've been fans of his illustrations and stories now for a few years, so we jumped at the opportunity to review his latest picture book, Firehouse!
(Book Source: Review copy provided by publisher)
If you've read and enjoyed Teague's Funny Farm, you'll probably also like Firehouse! The tuxedo wearing, blundering Boston Terrier named Edward makes another appearance in Teague's latest story, this time at the firehouse. Edward desperately wants to learn how to be a firefighter. He participates in a fire drill and tries his best to learn the ropes, but ends up being more of a hindrance than help. But when a real emergency arises, he comes to the rescue and saves the day.
My kids enjoyed following along and viewing the illustrations of Edward as he floundered as a firefighter, getting knocked off his feet by water and caught at the top of the ladder. But the part they liked best was when Edward rescued the cute little kitty cat from the tree. The illustrations in the book are top notch, and even though the text is a bit sparse and lacks the NOISY sounds and dynamics we like to see in fire books, the kids still loved the canine characters and plot. I'm impressed that Teague decided to feature a female fire chief (a Dalmatian named Mrs. Speckle) and other female doggy firefighters. We weren't sure what role the small little firefighter mice play in the firehouse, but they are definitely cute and fun to spot!
The Fire Engine Book (Little Golden Book) by Tibor Gergely. Random House; ISBN 9780307960245 ; 24 pagesSpeaking of fire truck books, my personal favorite is for toddlers is the classic The Fire Engine Book (Little Golden Book). My brother and I both very much loved the story when we were little, as evidenced by the duct-taped copy my mom still owns. The action packed book shows brave fireman as they race to put out a fire. The kids like all the "dinging and clanging" and seeing the important work of the fireman in the book. The book was first published in 1950 so the retro illustrations only show white male firefighters (really the only negative). The short, noisy text makes it great for repeated readings and small attention spans.
(Book Source: Copy from our Personal Library)
I decided to try out a shape related craft with my toddler son this week. I cut out all the parts for a fire truck from some colored cardstock and helped him assemble his very own fire truck. For the most part, the craft is from a template I found on Making Learning Fun. I loved the coiled, interactive hose idea. I decided my son would also love making the ladder move up and down, so we attached a white piece of paper with a ladder drawn on it using a brass brad. While we glued the pieces on we talked about the various shapes. He decided his engine should have a number 5 on it as well, just like the number of Edward's firehouse in Teague's book!
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