F Is for Firefighting
F Is for Firefighting
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Annotation: Illustrations and alphabet text introduce readers to the equipment firefighters use and the jobs that they do.
Catalog Number: #3586550
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2007
Edition Date: c2007
Illustrator: Waites, Joan C.,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-589-80420-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-589-80420-3
Dewey: 628.9
LCCN: 2006031113
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
This book introduces aspiring firefighters to an alphabetical list of the terms of the trade. History, technology, equipment, and vehicles are all covered in the accessible text that underscores the "V is for Variety" of firefighter responsibilities. Primary colors dominate the realistic illustrations, which are accompanied by alphabet letters that match the theme of the page. A page-by-page find-the-hidden-Dalmatian game is included.
Kirkus Reviews
More than just showcasing letters, this alphabet text introduces a blend of traditional firefighting terms and lesser known and more advanced elements like intersection control devices. Each element introduced, whether traditional or offbeat, syncs up with a representative letter and features a few short but information packed sentences geared to spark reader curiosity and prompt future exploration of the topic. The alphabet is traditionally ordered throughout, with each letter clearly featured in each page's top left corner. Bold full-page primary color illustrations bring realistic details to various fire equipment, personnel and scenes. Heavy topics, such as the "jaws of life" and the reality of firefighting, are not overwhelming, in part due to the inclusion of a frisky Dalmatian that is partially hidden on each page. Informative and intriguing. (Picture book. 6-9)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This up-to-date treatment of a high-interest topic is perfect for its intended audience, and children will soak up details like sponges. From "A is for Alarm" to "Z is for Zones," each page introduces a different aspect of firefighting. Crisp, colorful illustrations depict the topics, and thick borders frame the artwork as well as the text boxes at the bottom of the pages. Alphabet letters are placed in the top left-hand corner and cleverly decorated to correspond with the accompanying subject matter. Butler goes beyond the typical explanations of fire trucks and fire stations by providing information on vehicles rarely included in such basic nonfiction. Airport crash rescue vehicles, grass trucks, mobile-command vehicles, quint trucks, and water-rescue vehicles are considered along with such devices as key boxes, outriggers, and thermal imaging cameras. Historical tidbits about bucket brigades and the original duties of Dalmatian dogs are also provided. This accessible resource can be used to supplement community and community-workers curriculum areas.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Word Count: 1,068
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 112964 / grade: Lower Grades

A popular career choice for most five year olds, firefighting conjures images of pump trucks, sirens, and ladders. This informative and fun ABC journey gives a bit of firefighting history with "B is for bucket brigade" and moves into the 21st century with "T is for thermal imaging camera." The colorful illustrations sport a spotted Dalmatian hidden on every page.

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