Cover image for Firefighters A to Z
Title:
Firefighters A to Z
Author:
Demarest, Chris L.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Margaret K McElderry, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Summary:
An alphabetic look at a firefighter's day.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
IG 310 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.7 0.5 41942.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.8 1 Quiz: 33384 Guided reading level: F.
ISBN:
9780689837982
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

A is for Alarm
that rings loud and clear.
B is for Boots
stowed in our bunker gear.
From A to Z, volunteer firefighter and fine artist Chris Demarest presents a day-in-the-life of firefighters whose job it is to answer the call to put out fires and save property and lives.
In a simple, informative text and with glowing realistic illustrations that thoroughly envelop the reader, the danger of fire and the courageous job firefighters do every day are brought to life for readers everywhere.


Author Notes

Chris L. Demarest received a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Massachusetts. Before becoming an author and a children's book illustrator, he was a house painter and contributed illustrations to such publications as the Atlantic Monthly magazine, the Boston Globe, and Reader's Digest. He has contributed to more than 100 titles including Firefighters A to Z, I Invited a Dragon to Dinner, T. Rex at Swan Lake, and the Supertwins series. While researching the United States Coast Guard book, Mayday!Mayday!, he became an official artist for the Coast Guard and got to experience their work in the Persian Gulf.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-5. Children fascinated by fire fighters will find plenty to please them in this large-format picture book, in part, because Demarest knows the subject firsthand: he's a member of a volunteer fire department. As the title suggests, the text is arranged alphabetically, beginning with "A is for Alarm that rings loud and clear. / B is for Boots stowed in our bunker gear." Though the rhyming verse is less satisfying than the dramatic artwork, the simplicity of the text makes this picture book accessible to kids young enough to be excited about fire engines. The large-scale, deeply colored pictures, ablaze with yellows and orange-reds, show broad scenes, such as two firefighters knocking down a wall and closer views, such as a firefighter's hand using a "kool-tool" to open a door. In three appended pages of notes, he discusses fire fighting and explains some aspects of the text. A colorful, dramatic introduction that future firefighters will adore. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Demarest takes a different approach to the subject in this rhyming alphabet book. Despite the simplicity of the format, a great deal of information is conveyed in the one line of text per page. While the author's note at the end elaborates on how a "K-tool" works and how "sounding" is done, the rhymes themselves are natural and meaningful. "G is for Go as we race at full speed./H is for Hoses and Hydrants we need." The bold pastel illustrations are dramatic and convey the action in an appealing manner. Karen Magnuson Beil's Fire in Their Eyes (Harcourt, 1999) uses full-color photographs for a more realistic portrayal of her subject. Nevertheless, Firefighters is sure to spark the interest of young enthusiasts.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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