My Mom Is a Firefighter

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Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Practical look at firefighting with safety tips.

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Positive Messages

Firefighters work hard to keep people safe. A son looks up to his mom and the work she does.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this book includes important tips on fire safety presented in a child-friendly way. Kids may find it reassuring or may get a little worried about what might happen to them in the event of a fire.

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What's the story?

Billy shares his mom's work as a firefighter with readers.

Is it any good?

There are lots of fascinating details about firefighting included here without making the book seem like a lecture. Any kid interested in what life in a firehouse is like will enjoy the details about the pole the firefighters slide down, their communal meals, and how they fight fires. Kids will understand Billy's pride and interest in his mom's work. The illustrations are skilled yet unremarkable, but still well-suited to the story's friendly, realistic tone.

The title of the book may lead you to believe that the book is about women firefighters specifically, but it's actually about firefighters in general. While Billy's mom -- not his dad -- is the one heading out with sirens wailing, there's no heavy-handed gender discussion here. Instead we're introduced to Billy's mom and his "uncles" (the guys who work with her at the firehouse) in a practical way, similar to a Sesame Street short.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their own fire safety plans. Would you know what to do if there were a fire in your house? They can also talk about what jobs their parents have. Do they help people through their work, and if so, how?

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