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    By Lori

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    I use Fireboat every year for the week of September 11. (Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman). It is the true story of an old fireboat that had been retired and left to ruin in New York when a group of private investors set out to restore it. On September 11, the investors offered their help and were told it wasn't needed at first. After the water lines were unable to be used near the twin towers, the John J. Harvey was called in to pump water for the firefighters. It also has great illustrations.

    Another one I use is New York's Bravest by Mary Pope Osborne. It is a tall tale about a legendary New York Fire Fighter. I usually have a local firefighter come in to read it.

    Scholastic has a classroom book contest and one of the winners in 2002 was a book called "September 12th: We Knew We Would Be All Right" by First Grade Students of H. Byron Masterson Elementary, and is well worth the trouble of finding.

    I also have had younger students and I use the books -- Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms -- which mentions many of the everyday heroes in our lives and is appropriate for the primary grades. Police, EMT's, Firefighters, and several more are mentioned in the book. It's great if you can have a firefighter or other hero mentioned in the book come read it to the class.

    Another one for young students is Firefighter Frank which is appropriate for first graders and younger. It details the day in the life of a firefighter in bright colorful illustrations.

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