I was so excited for the opportunity to review the Rocky Hill: Fireman series. These delightfully written stories by James Burd Brewster are a great way to teach kids about fire safety and the life of a fireman. I love the beautiful illustrations and my girls have thoroughly enjoyed each book in this series. Rocky's motto, "Glad to do it!" is a running theme throughout the series and portrays the heart behind those who do this dangerous job.
The series follows Rocky Hill as he begins his career as a fireman. He is courageous and strong, but nervous as he starts out with his new life as a rescuer. I like how each book follows the same character. My girls love reading series and can't wait to find out what will happen with characters next!
Rose asked if she could read aloud the stories to her sisters and I happily agreed. They are written on about a 3rd grade level and the text is easy to follow. When Rose was younger she always said she wanted to either be a fire-girl or police-woman. She's moved on to other career goals, but still loves learning about these jobs!
Grace told me she really liked the pictures. She had lots of questions about what different things were called as they read. Beth loved the stories too and said she wished she could meet Rocky!
Ever since we took our field trip to the fire station last year the girls have been very interested in the fire department. When we were reading these books they would stop and say, "Remember when Mr. Mark showed us this at his station?" It was fun to think back and for them to have another connection to this high profession.
I appreciate the author humanizes his main character. It is easy to think those who do such great and important work to save people are larger than life. These books are a great opportunity to show children anyone can be used to do great things. We related Rocky to our real-life fireman friend Mark and talked about what it must be like for Mark as he works.
A wonderful addition to these books are the online resources! You can download coloring pages and even join the Glad to do it Club! It is clear the author has a heart for teaching kids about fire safety and has done a great job through is books which I highly recommend.