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This is a lively picture book about firefighters - imaginary and real!There's a fire! We have to hurry! We're in our fire engines - just like the real ones. Fast and noisy - just like the real ones. Connect the hoses - fire's out! We've done it! Good job, everyone...Jack, Mia and friends love pretending to be firefighters in the playground with their teacher, Mrs Iverson. Then, just as they think the fun is over, a real fire engine - with real firefighters on board - arrives for a surprise visit!

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781921150296
ISBN-10: 1921150297
Format: Hardback
(277mm x 238mm x 9mm)
Pages: 32
Imprint: Walker Books Australia
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: Australia


US Kirkus Review » Rawlins's preschoolers perfectly model the fun children can have when they use their imaginations. Using props they find around the school, Mrs. Iverson and her students pretend that a fire call has just come in. They race to dress and hop aboard their cardboard fire engine, "just like the REAL one." A wall in the midst of being painted red serves as their fire, which they quickly put out. While they are resting from their labors, a real fire truck pays a visit to the school, and two firefighters teach the students all about their jobs and fire safety. Whiting's final lines capture the essence of a preschooler's sense of the myriad possibilities that the future holds: " 'You know, we're firefighters, too,' I tell the firefighters. 'Just not the REAL ones like you. Not yet!' " The acrylic illustrations - vivid colors against appropriately blank-canvas white space - give concrete examples of the ways in which ordinary materials can become playthings. A spark to imaginations, with a little fire safety on the side. (Picture book. 3-6) (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Sue Whiting

Sue Whiting worked as a primary school teacher until she turned to writing. Her first book, Mistie's Magic, was published in 2000. She has now written more than fifty children's books and works as an editor. She lives with her two children and husband in a small coastal village south of Sydney. Donna Rawlins was born in Sunshine, Australia, but now lives in Sydney. She came to children's book illustration from a background in the print and publishing industries where she worked as a darkroom operator, graphic designer, silkscreen and offset printer, book designer and editor.

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