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Fire! Fire! - emergency!/Fire Engines racing all the way/Hoses slooshing, water swooshing/Help is coming - it's on the way! It's all action in this noisy: busy book of emergency vehicles; full of fire engines, police cars, ambulances, lifeboats, breakdown trucks, rescue helicopters...With amazingly detailed illustrations, there is plenty to keep any young reader and listener enthralled.
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Margaret Mayo lives in Brighton with her husband and three children. As a mother and former teacher, she has used her wide range of experience to write about some of the most popular subjects for children. Alex Ayliffe is winner of the Sainsbury's Baby Book Award 2000 for another of her titles for Orchard, Boo Barney. Alex lives in Hertfordshire.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-An engaging subject and bold, colorful illustrations guarantee this picture book an enthusiastic audience. Mayo showcases 11 emergency vehicles, highlighting the circumstances in which each might be of service. Four-line verses accompany each oversized spread, and a turn of the page brings a new scene, a fresh crisis, and a different vehicle. This fast-paced approach may leave some children wishing for more detail on fewer subjects, but in fact it suits the energetic rhythm of the text. If Mayo's rhymes occasionally falter and some word choices seem weak (can cars really "dash"? How do fire-fighting planes "scoop" water?), most listeners won't even notice as they eagerly examine Ayliffe's bright, collage-style illustrations featuring people of all ages in diverse roles and a range of ethnicities. When at last all of the emergency calls are over and "the rescue vehicles are all tucked away," odds are good they'll be called out again by eager listeners who will want to revisit the scenes and appreciate how quickly help arrives.
Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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