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Barbaresi, Nina.
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Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Emulating the fire fighters with whom they reside, the firehouse mice form their own company just in time to save the firehouse itself from burning down.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 81721.
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Central Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
Grand Island Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Marilla Free Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Frank E. Merriweather Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Orchard Park Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Williamsville Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Audubon Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
East Delavan Branch Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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This jacketed picture book shows that size is no measure of bravery, even in the face of a raging fire! Mac, a small mouse, is devastated when his tiny home is destroyed by fire. Luckily, he finds a new home at the local firehouse. While there, Mac soon forms a fire brigade with the other mice-despite the fact that the house cat, Suspenders, is always lurking around the corner. Will the brigade have a chance to save the day? - Originally published in 1987, Firemouse features exquisite watercolor illustrations throughout, and a full-color jacket. - A wonderful story about the bravery of firefighters. - The perfect gift for the child who dreams of being a firefighter. From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. When fire destroys his home in Brooklyn's Best Auto Body Shop, Mack the mouse flees for safety into a responding fire truck. Sitting in the vehicle contemplating his fate, Mack finds himself en route to the firehouse, which he immediately adopts as his new home. He organizes the other seven resident mice into a fire brigade, complete with a fire engine constructed with the expertise Mack acquired at the body shop. Industriously making uniforms and turning their mouse hole into a firehouse, the diminutive probys first-year fire fighters practice all the needed skills: drills that pay off when a fire actually breaks out in the firehouse kitchen while the human fire fighters are out on a call. With the engaging mice's escapades amusingly tucked within detailed, realistic pen-and-watercolor depictions of the on-duty fire fighters, the action-packed illustrations will happily occupy young eyes throughout the somewhat lengthy but exciting tale that is certain to please prospective fire fighters of the primary-school set. EM. Mice Fiction / Fire fighters Fiction [CIP] 86-6178

Publisher's Weekly Review

New York's Bravest are the models for Firemouse by Nina Barbaresi, first issued in 1987. Mack, the titular mouse, moves into his neighborhood firehouse after his own is destroyed in a blaze. There, he and a group of mice start their own squad the Brooklyn Blazers and fight their first fire. As Barbaresi explains in her dedication, the work was guided by the men of Brooklyn's Squad 1, many of whom died on September 11, 2001. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1 Barbaresi's story of eight mice who live in a Brooklyn firehouse and form their own firefighting unit fails to capture the imagination. The lacklus ter narrative makes it difficult to be come involved with the characters and what they do; even the climactic rescue scene doesn't generate any excitement. When the soft watercolor and ink illus trations don't include close depictions of human faces, they do possess a busy charm, although the details indicate a fire station rife with potential safety and fire hazards. Firemouse will have only marginal appeal for young readers. Laura McCutcheon, St. Catherine's School, Richmond, Va. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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