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Mayo, Margaret.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Rescue vehicles race to help during a variety of emergencies.
Reading Level:
70 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.6 0.5 58924.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.6 1 Quiz: 35717 Guided reading level: H.
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Fire engines, police cars, ambulances, lifeboats, and tow trucks race to the rescue in this book bursting with action. Emergency? Don't worry--help is on the way!

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS.^-Gr. 1. Each double-page spread of this large-format picture book introduces a rescue vehicle dispatched to help with an emergency: a sinking boat, a traffic jam, a forest fire, a flooding river, a blizzard, a lost hiker, etc. On each spread, four lines of rhyming text identify the problem and the rescuers. One verse of the rhyming text appears on each spread, helping children interpret what's happening in the large and often dramatic pictures. The cut-and-torn-paper collage illustrations feature simple forms in bold colors. Although their composition often heightens the drama of the scenes, the repeated use of rounded forms and benign faces reinforces the reassuring message repeated at the end of most verses: "Help is coming. It's on the way!" First published in England, this graphically strong picture book will appeal to American children as well. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Help is coming! It's on the way!" With that reassuring refrain, Mayo and Ayliffe (previously paired for Dig Dig Digging) team up once again for a paper-over-board book about specialty vehicles, this time narrowing their focus to 11 machines that come to the rescue on land, water and sky when a crisis hits. For instance, on a spread that begins, "Forest fire blazing emergency!" Mayo introduces fire-fighting planes that "zoom up and away./ Swoop, swoop, swooping, water scooping,/ Help is coming. It's on the way!" Ayliffe translates the scene into cut-paper collage layering torn yellow and orange paper to give depth and animation to the flame, and depicting the water dropped by the plane with a gauzy, translucent paper. Ayliffe renders the rescue vehicles as a large, center-stage presence in most of the spreads, sure to please fans of big trucks. A potent combination of timely subject matter and a bright, upbeat presentation of vehicular heroes in action. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.