Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.
My Fire Engine by Michael Rex
Published by Henry Holt and Company
What little kid doesn’t want to be a fireman. The unnamed protagonist of My Fire Engine gets to do exactly that. “I have a fire engine,” he tells us on the first page, “I fight fires all the time.” From there, he goes on to run through a typical fire call at the fire house, from dressing and sliding down the pole, to driving the different fire engines to the scene. Once at the fire, he and his crew look for people, break holes in the house to let the gases escape, and even rescue the family’s pet snake.
One of the best things about My Fire Engine is how adaptable it is. There are a lot of fairly specific details about fire engines that go way over Daniel’s head right now but would be great for older kids. The bright, colorful pictures as well as the basic fact that there are FIRE ENGINES! makes this one of Daniel’s favorite reads.
We borrowed My Fire Engine from the library, but I think we’ll be buying it; this book has real staying power.
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