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Flash is too small or too late to help and thinks he should give up until there's a job only he can do. This book is the perfect read aloud for children with its repeated sounds and phrases that will have everyone joining in.
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2019
I [and my inner-child] read this book via an Amazon KINDLE Unlimited download.
Growing up as a child, I can remember reading a picture book entitled “The Little Engine That Could.” It’s about a little blue engine who had ultimately agreed to undertake the task of helping another train which had filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that broke down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, this little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she had been small, the blue train tried her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill; while all through attempt she kept on repeating that she thinks she can, and ultimately succeeds despite her small size.
So, when I saw this book online, I thought my inner-child would enjoy reading it, for the lesson it tries to teach, and this is my inner-child review.
Reading this book, I didn’t whether Flash, the little fire was a girl or a boy, but it didn’t matter because I loved reading the story, so I’m going to pretend Flash is a girl. Being on the job for her first day, Flash was happy and very eager to start putting out fires like the bigger fire engines must have enjoyed doing for a long time. When the first fire started on her first day on the job, at the airport on an airplane, Flash was happy and eager to help fight her first fire, another fire engine told Flash it was too big for her, which made her feel sad.
At the next fire, in the forest, Flash got there too late to help in fighting the fire, and she not only became sad again; she also felt upset and not needed. But, on her way back to the firehouse she got a call from the fire chief that she’s needed at the town’s square and she’s the only one who will be able to get there to put the fire out in time to help save the animal shelter and all the animals and people inside. Happy to feel needed she had been able to put the fire out and everyone inside.
When she finally got back to her firehouse, Flash got a surprise when she saw everyone under a big sign which said, “HOORAY FOR LITTLE FLASH – You Saved the Day.”
The lessons which I got reading this story is that things will happen when they are supposed to happen and that you can’t get what you want when you want them to happen. I also learned that your size doesn’t matter because you can do anything you want to do even if you are smaller than anyone else. Which is why as an inner-child I’m giving this book and the beautiful colorful drawings it has a BIG 5 STARS.
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2021
Texas children’s book author Pam Calvert not only writes exceptional children’s books, but she also advises other authors in her role as critique editor, picture book mentor, and Rate Your Story judge, She has a fine YouTube Chanel called Picture Book University where she shares her expertise about writing picture books. In this book – FLASH THE LITTLE FIRE ENGINE she is accompanied by Jen Taylor who provides he charming illustrations.
Flash is a little fire engine – new at the job and inexperienced but committed and eager to fight fires. In a most informative manner, informing kids about the details of firehouses and engines and responses to firefighting engagements, Flash responds to every call – only to be told he is too little to offer aid. During his responses to various fires he learns, struggles with bad weather, and is sad not to be able to help – until at last there is a fire in the town square at an animal shelter and Flash is the only available engine to report. Flash is ready – and with his actions the fire is out, saving people and animals, and returning to the station he is celebrated for saving the day!
Charming story, beautifully told and illustrated, this book is not only entertaining as an adventure, but it also provides a learning experience about the firefighting equipment and personnel duties – a very fine lesson! Recommended. Grady Harp, February 21