Beagles and Books is excited to be part of the blog tour for Flash, The Little Fire Engine written by Pam Calvert and illustrated by Jen Taylor. Flash celebrated its book birthday this week on November 5, 2019. Special thanks to Two Lions/Amazon Publishing and Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
As soon as I saw the cover, I couldn’t wait to read Flash, The Fire Engine. Jen Taylor’s illustration of Flash brings the little fire engine to life. Readers can see the excitement in his face with his adorable smile. When the fire department receives a call, his attitude becomes more serious because Flash is determined to do his job well.
When the fire is too big for little Flash, his face does not hide his disappointment, but Flash remains optimistic that he can help the next time. As each subsequent call comes in, Flash races to the scene ready to save the day, but he discovers that he is too short or too late to help. Once eager, Flash becomes sad wondering if he will ever be needed. Fortunately, Flash gets a call that only he can make realizing that he is the best fit for the job. Beaming with pride, Flash learns a valuable lesson in patience and how the fire trucks collectively work together to help the community.
I have the honor of reading aloud to a second grade classroom daily for #classroombookaday. After I read aloud Flash, The Little Flash Engine to the class, they shared their thinking about what the author Pam Calvert wanted to teach readers. Here are some of their comments which relate to our virtue language.
“It teaches us to have empathy for Flash because every time he went for a fire, the other trucks were telling him he was too little. I felt sad for him. But at the end, I was happy for Flash because he saved the animals at the shelter.
“It teaches us if someone feels left out, we can try to be kind and make them feel included. I like how the firefighters had a party for Flash after he put out his first fire.”
“The fire trucks showed unity because they all put out different fires like the ladder truck put out the fire in the tall building and the airplane put out the forest fire.”
Reinforcing positive values of empathy, unity, kindness, and patience, Flash, the Little Fire Engine is a book that is a great addition to a home or classroom library.
Meet the Author and Illustrator:
Pam Calvert is an award-winning children’s book author. Her books include the Princess Peepers series, illustrated by Tuesday Mourning; more recently, Brianna Bright, Ballerina Knight, illustrated by Liana Hee; and other titles. Formerly a science teacher as well as a writing instructor and coach, she speaks to thousands of children every year. When she’s not speaking or writing, you can find her having fun with her family in Texas. Learn more about her online at http://www.pamcalvert.com or on Twitter: @PammCalvert.
Jen Taylor is an illustrator and arts-and-crafts enthusiast born and raised in New Jersey. She attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she majored in illustration and animation. She is the illustrator of the Brave Little Camper series as well as the picture book Ninja Camp, written by Sue Fliess. She previously worked in animation on such shows as Sid the Science Kid and MAD. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their corgi, Rocket. Learn more about her online at http://www.jentaylor.net.
“Calvert deftly finds a new way to introduce kids to different kinds of firefighting vehicles…sure to slip in effortlessly with other firetruck books.”
Enter a Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a copy of Flash, the Little Fire Engine, courtesy of Two Lions/Amazon (U.S. addresses). Enter the giveaway by Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8 p.m.