Books and reading are a big thing in our house. Bubby enjoys reading on his own these days, he's so proud of himself for blazing through chapter books half way through this past school year. Sassy always has a stack of books close by, they really are like her "lovies".
Both kids are always on the lookout for fire related books. We actually stumbled across one all four of us are very fond of at Goodwill a few months ago. We have never come across a book with us rich, true pictures or one that uses in depth terminology before this book.
Firefighters A to Z by Chris L. Demarest is in the top 10 favorite books in this house. This book is written by a real, trained firefighter. The book alphabetically goes through a day in the life of a fireman. Terms like primary search, k-tool, and pickax are scattered through the book. Each line in the book rhymes with the previous one. Not only does it talk about the tools of the trade, but you also get lines like my favorite - "T is for teamwork. No one works alone."
The pictures in the book are very true life. They seem to be done with oil pastels or some other similar medium. They are bold and full of color. Bunker gear and masks, nozzles and smoke are all accurately depicted in each scene. The kids both like to just flip through the book and admire the artwork without even reading the story. You really do get a true sense of what a firefighter goes through from the time he wakes up in a fire station, until he pulls back in at the end of a call and climbs in bed for a rest.
At the end of the story is a three page author's note that explains some of the lesser known fire terminology used in the book. It talks about the dangers of being a firefighter, and how important it is to take fires and firefighting.
This book would be good for preschool to first or second grade. Bubby is now 8 and Sassy is 5, and they both read this book on a weekly basis. It's a great addition to anyone's family library, whether your little one wants to grow up to be a firefighter, or you have one in the family.