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Children have many questions when faced
with a disaster like fire.
How does a fire burn?
How do the firefighters prepare for the job?
How are people rescued?
The following books can provide information
and reassurance in a time of need.
I Drive a Fire Engine
by Sarah Bridges; illustrated by Amy Bailey Muehlenhardt
When a very young child wants to know what a fireman does
this book fills the bill. More than just a picture book this title
gives preschoolers an introductory lesson in fire fighting.
Filled with colorful pictures of firemen and trucks
we discover the pumper truck, the clothes that firemen wear,
and the equipment they need to put out a fire.
by Jean Craighead George; illustrated by Wendell Minor
While kayaking down the Salmon River,
Axel and his aunt and uncle are caught in the middle
of a fire raging alongside the mountains. Based on a true story
this picture book concentrates on cool-headed logic
to triumph over the looming disaster. Awash in golds
and orange the pictures reflect the seething heat.
The story ends with a promise that the forest
will grow again to be beautiful and lush.
by Katie Daynes
For children just learning to read this nonfiction title explains
how a firefighter goes to school, lives in the firehouse and
is called upon to put out fires and rescue people.
A mixture of cartoon style illustrations and photographs
make this an easy book for beginning readers. This introduction
to nonfiction includes a glossary and a reference to a website
that includes more information.
by Claire Watts
All kinds of rescue attempts are highlighted in this DK Eyewitness Book.
Chock full of action photographs children can read how lives
are saved in fires, in space, on the ocean and in wartime.
Discussions include emergency medicine, natural disasters,
equipment and technology, and stories of animals that
have rescued people. Because of the nature of the DK format
readers can browse through the book,
picking and choosing what adventures to pursue.
Fire in Their Eyes
by Karen Magnuson Beil
This is a serious book about the nature and science of wildfires,
concentrating on the people who put them out.
We learn that smokejumpers parachute from an airplane
into remote areas to help contain a fire. Dangerous fires employ
experts called "hotshot crews" to attack rapidly growing conflagrations.
A chapter describing brushfires in dense communities concentrates
on the Old Topanga Fire of 1993
where the Santa Ana winds made a deep impact.