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Fire Chief Fran

Fire Chief Fran

Current price: $17.99
Publication Date: October 11th, 2022
Astra Young Readers
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ALSC Notable Children's Book • Kirkus Reviews Best Book

Perfect for fans of firefighters and fire trucks, this energetic rhyming picture book shows how a fire chief and her crew keep their community safe.

. . . lights begin flashing,
and—CLANG!—the bells blast.
They leap into action—
they need to move FAST!
If a puppy is in danger or a café is on fire, Fire Chief Fran is ready to help! Featuring a strong female role model, a huge fire truck, and an action-packed story, this read-aloud is a dynamic introduction to a day in the life of a firefighter. Follow along as Fire Chief Fran and her team respond not only to fires, but also to injuries, blocked roads, and more. With an irresistible rhyming text, acclaimed author Linda Ashman celebrates the many ways that firefighters help their communities. The book concludes with an author’s note that is packed with further fascinating information about firefighters, their equipment, their fire trucks, their training, and more.

About the Author

Linda Ashman is the author of more than 40 picture books and the creator of The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books. Her books have been included on the “best of the year” lists of The New York Times, Parenting and Child magazines, the New York Public Library, Bank Street College of Education, and the International Reading Association.

Nancy Carpenter is the celebrated illustrator of more than 40 books for children. Her unique multimedia approach to illustration has garnered numerous honors, including two Christopher Awards and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Illustrator website:

Praise for Fire Chief Fran

Bank Street Best Book of the Year

★ "Ashman’s text is serviceably crisp... [The] repetition, much like the clanging of the alarm bell, does a great job alerting readers to an emergency. Carpenter’s illustrations are digitally enhanced acrylic paintings, using a predominantly primary color palette: red fire truck, yellow turnout gear, navy blue shirts. A must-have for all community helper collections." —School Library Journal, starred review

★  "An action-packed day in the life of a fire chief....The story, told in an engaging and varied rhyme scheme and accompanied by bright, engaging acrylic and digital illustrations, doesn’t shy away from the amount of work that firefighters need to do, including the physical and practical training that keep the firefighters performing at peak capacity.... This book is on fire!" —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★  "Fire Chief Fran leads a crew of firefighters, and a trusty firehouse dog, through a busy shift of wide-ranging calls, linked by Ashman’s rousing, rhyming refrain: 'Lights begin flashing, and—CLANG!—the bells blast./ They leap into action—/ they need to move FAST!'...Carpenter’s striking, digitally finished acrylic art combines a primary-colors palette with tissue-paper texturing...Together with its detailed, q&a-style afterword, it’s a first-rate portrayal of first responders." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "It's rare to see a Black woman as a fire chief in picture books, but Fran leads her diverse team of firefighters through their actions and activities, all depicted in vibrant, mixed-media illustrations, which excitingly convey the scope of services they provide their community. The lively, rhyming text is ideal for reading aloud, and the back matter, presented in a question-and-answer format, offers further information about what being a firefighter and fire chief entails...A noteworthy, enjoyable addition to firefighter themed books and an informative, engaging, and uncommonly inspiring introduction to the subject."Booklist, starred review