Firefighter Flo!

Holiday House. (Big Jobs, Bold Women). Nov. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823451579.
K-Gr 2–The creators of the noisy and memorable Trashy Town kick off the aptly named “Big Jobs, Bold Women” series with another high-volume celebration of public service workers. Wakened by a jangling phone, Firefighter Flo and the rest of her crew tumble out of bed and into their gear, then roar down the street on a flashing, clanging, WOOOOO-ing fire truck to a burning building. As the others turn on the hose, Flo smashes down a door, plunges into the smoke…and carries out a trapped puppy for a grateful pajama-clad family. Sturdy, running figures and the big truck in Yaccarino’s blocky digital screen prints capture the urgency of the call, and Zimmerman opens and closes her clamorous narrative with a gratifyingly rousing chant: “Hey, yo!/ Firefighter Flo!/ You’re a hero!/ You’re a pro!” Along with making dramatic reading on its own, this pairs up nicely for story time with Linda Ashman’s Fire Chief Fran, likewise centering a woman firefighter while offering a broader picture of what she does all day.
VERDICT A quick and effervescent tribute to every city’s bravest, suitable for younger audiences, one-on-one or in a group.

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