Firefighters in the Dark
Dashka Slater & Nicoletta Ceccoli
Houghton Mifflin, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
his lovely book is a tribute to firefighters everywhere, as well as a leap of imagination for children. The story follows a little girl who lives near a firehouse. Each time she hears sirens, she envisions all kinds of scenarios.
or example, she imagines that the firefighters are racing to a castle occupied by a king, queen, and their fifteen princesses. The fire started when the fire-breathing dragon, who was dining at the castle, blew on his hot potatoes. '
Pretty soon the fire is out. The fifteen baby princesses go back to playing hide-and-seek and the knights go riding off on their horses to tell the dragon that the next time he can have only cold things to eat, like Popsicles.
n another scene, the firefighters have to rescue a boy who bounced on his bed, all the way up to Pluto. The little girl then joins the team when they need her to help cool down the stars. '
So we climb into the truck and drive into the sky - me, King, Penelope, Almondine, and Bruce. The clouds are full of water and we put them in our hoses and spray away the fire in the stars.
e are also introduced to the firefighters in the book, and learn how they spend their days. The reader gets to know them on a personal level too, as we find out that Bruce likes bananas, but Penelope eats only peas, pasta and pickles. The beautiful, vivid illustrations that accompany this story are a perfect creative marriage. This is an enchanting book, one that will be a fine addition to any children's library.
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