Aug 1, 2011

The Fire Station

A couple of weeks before school ended, my son had a visit from the fire fighters close to our house. They did a fire safety demonstration and everyone got to climb on the truck. All those bells and whistles and buttons really piqued his interest. He was a fireman for Halloween last year, and has been wearing the hat around the house as he rescues his sister from increasingly dangerous situations.

The Fire Station (JP, CN, US) is the perfect book for both of them right now.

Sheila and Michael get so dirty they need a fire hose to wash off. Both of my kids can relate to this! They get to ride on the fire engine when the alarm sounds off while they are they. This turns into the Munschian adventure of a lifetime!

Robert Munsch can always elicit a giggle from my kids. His words can brighten up even the grumpiest of kids (or moms). This book is not an exception to the rule!

The Fire Station, written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko, is the 5th book I've read for the 5th Canadian Book Challenge.


  1. I LOVE Munsch too! And how fortunate that lots of his picture books have been translated into French, too, so I can share his whimsy with my son.

  2. Ooh that is lucky! The only Munsch book I can find in Japanese is I Love You Forever, which is the only Munsch book that makes me cry instead of laugh!

    I wonder if you get a lot of Canadian books or are they mostly French from France?

  3. Oh, me too. I'm such a sap!

    I do have a lot of books in French from Canada, most of them purchased used via eBay Canada (frequently the shipping is pricier than the books)!. A lot of them are just translations of books originally in English published by Scholastic, though, rather than Canadian picture books.

    I'll look more closely at your blog to get some recommendations for Canadian children's books!

  4. Oh yes, the shipping costs for anything from Canada are prohibitive. Especially for those of us used to American or Japanese postal prices!

    I better get more Canadian kids books up then. Off the top of my head though there is the iconic Le Chandail de Hockey by Roch Carrier.

  5. Looks like a good book, and Canadian to boot!!

    Are books in Canada more expensive than in Japan? I know they are in Australia. I can buy Aussie books cheaper on than I can in Australia. It is nuts!

  6. Paperbacks tend to be cheaper but sometimes hardcovers are a Loy more expensive. Then I get out my Excel sheet to check if I can save money from shipping from Canada and the answer is of course never! I can get them sometimes for cheaper from Amazon US. I spend so much time shopping for books!!!

  7. My son was fond of this one when he was little too. Have you also read Munsch's Millicent and the Wind? Not quite so sad as 'Love You Forever' but not near the giggle factor of most Munsch books.

  8. I've never even heard of Millicent and the Wind. Thanks for the recommendation, off to order it now!


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