Saturday, May 28, 2011

f is for firetruck/firefighter: books part II

Firetrucks were such a hit with Jonathan this week that we actually went back to the library to find more books about firetrucks. Here are some of the ones we found- enjoy!

Fire Engines by Anne Rockwell

This is a book Jonathan has requested several times. It has bright illustrations with dalmatian firefighters featured on every page. The text is short (one or two sentences per page) but very informative about different types of fire engines. It held Jonathan's attention at two as well as his friend T. (who is 15 mos). Both boys really enjoyed the book and Jonathan had fun pulling out his different fire engines as we read the story.

The Little Fire Engine by Lois Lenski

This is a reprint of a book by famous author/illustrator Lois Lenski that was originally published in 1946. It was part of a series about "Mr Small" and in this book we observe "Fireman Small" fighting fires and rescuing children. The text is simple and the illustrations are charming and while some firefighting methods have changed, it's still an entertaining book for toddlers and preschoolers. Jonathan has requested repeated readings of this book!

Clifford The Firehouse Dog by Norman Bridwell

We pulled this one from our own collection. Jonathan has always enjoyed the Clifford stories. In this particular book, Clifford and Emily Elizabeth go to the fire station to visit Clifford's brother who is a firehouse dog. Clifford has his usual adventures helping rescue people and putting out fires. The book concludes with some fire safety tips. As I mentioned, Clifford is usually quite entertaining for Jonathan and this book was no exception. It's not as high quality as some of the other books we read, but it would make for a good introduction to firefighters and would lead into the other books we enjoyed.

Jonathan & T. the firemen!

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