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Jun 25 2010

The firefighters by Sue Whiting

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Ill. by Donna Rawlins. Walker Books, 2010 (c2008). ISBN: 9781921529498.
Recommended for Preschool - Early Junior Primary. Picture book. The bell rings and the story begins. Three young children transform themselves and some cardboard boxes into a firefighting team with speedy fire engines to save the Ice-Creamery.
A surprise visit of the real firefighters at the end enables fire safety facts to be intertwined into the fictional fantasy. An important fire safety message is conveyed in a fun and unobtrusive way. There is a great use of onomatopoeia to add an interesting element to the text.
Beautiful bold pictures compliment the story superbly, the use of fabulous primary colours and strong lines enable characters to come alive. The Firefighters is a lovely story full of imaginative characters that will spark imagination in those who hear it.
Walker Books also have great supporting activities .
Zana Thiele

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