Firefighter Leo to the Rescue: Amy Wilhelm and Heather Marenda-Miller
Illustrated by Alen Haljavac
Imaginations often help children explore new worlds and learn how to enter many different fields just by thinking, reading and employing what they know and have learned. Leo’s mind is quite inquisitive and today he’s decided to explore the world of the firefighter using this hands-on colorfully illustrated book to help him learn not only the role or job but much more. Learning everything he needs to know about where they work, how they work, the equipment needed to put out fires and even how plus the right vocabulary firefighters use to help fire victims and call for help will help Leo understand how important they are in all of our lives. It might even send him in this direction when he’s old enough to join a specific station and become a real firefighter.
Step One : Leo helps us define who a firefighter is and where he works. His home base if the fire station and his/her job is to work in a specific community to help put out fires and other emergencies. Sometimes they even rescue people and pets from burning buildings and one firefighter drives that big red fire truck when the fire alarm rings and their work needs to begin
Safety gear is important so Leo pictures in his mind the tools or equipment needed to help safe people and put out the fires: oxygen masks for anyone who has smoke inhalation or is having trouble breathing. Special fire boots, fire pants, fire jackets and fire gloves. But, don’t forget to protect your head from the fire and take along your fire helmet.
WHERE: does the firefighter work: From the fire station the go around their community and put out fires, help people, check hydrants and much more. Thinking more about what they need they also need to locate the nearest fire hydrant and attach the fire hose to have water to put out the fire. People often need to understand what do in an emergency especially if they are in the burning building so the firefighter uses a megaphone to talk to them and he has a fire extinguisher with water to put it out and a special ladder attached to the truck to climb up against a building to get people out or put out the fire.
Next Leo thinks about what in these next set of pictures helps us learn more about what the they do before they go out or in other words preparing: some exercise, others check their gear but if you want to know the rest you have to join Leo to find out. In your community they do a lot to help people and if you check out the picture of the burning building with the firefighter hitting it with water or the firefighter attaching the hose to the hydrant you can learn two more things he/she does and looking at the pictures learn more.
Language is important so Leo tries to figure out what they are saying in the boxes with the question marks hoping he is right. Check out the pictures and besides the dispatcher saying Fire Station, Can I help you? There are many other pictures to check out. Once again language is vital and what does he say when he reaches the fire area to those that are there: for ex: if a cat is up a tree he/she might say: Here Kitty kitty or to someone Are you ok?
Leo wants to use what he learns so join him for his day on the job as he gears up, checks his equipment, goes about helping to stop and put out fires and might even rescue a pet or a person from a burning building. Join him on his day at work and see if Leo has learned where the firefighter works, what he does in the community and what he/she says and decide maybe this job if right for you TOO!
Leo loved his day playing firefighter but I am wondering what emergency he will be sent to next when he gears up for another day as a firefighter. Colorful pictures, create for children who are young readers and even non-readers who can read the pictures to figure out what the words are saying and create their own story in his/her mind.
The authors create a special cut-out section for children to create their own story and own special day. Young readers and writers can add their own captions and young children might do this with an older sibling or parent. Great way to learn vocabulary, sight words and even about one community worker. They authors include other extended activities that parents and teachers can use as lessons in school or activities at home. Pretending if fun and making believe you are a firefighter is really a great way to learn about their job and understand how vital they are when you see them in your community. You might want to say thank you to one the next time you see them or wave when they drive by. Can’t wait to see what Leo’s friends who are pictured on the back cover have for their adventure into using your creative imagination.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine