Kersten Hamilton uses a poem as the text for the narrative. The book isn’t just a story about firemen, but informational too. Bold words and some conversation accent the text.
The setting is not in present day but more like in the 1950’s. Notice the cars, clothing (many women in dresses), the movie theatre (Roy Rogers in Trigger Jr.), cameras are a few items to point out to your students. I know one first grade social studies standard is to compare past to present. Firefighters to the Rescue would be a great conversation starter.
The story is told through Rich Davis‘s illustrations in Firefighters to the Rescue! The fire engine races through the streets as people make way. A house fire blazes. A little boy cannot find his dog. The crowd waits and hopes. The fireman brave the elements, and yes, the dog is rescued.
Savorings for reading and in writing for Firefighters to the Rescue:
- Compare past and present – Retro/historical
- Suddenly – all on its own page for emphasis
- Bold print
- Inging verbs – cooking, mapping
- Teacher Resources – check out Kersten Hamilton’s website. You can connect through the link on her name above. She has teacher resources for her books. An interview is linked as well. I think it’s great when children can “meet” the author.