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Fire! Fuego! Brave Bomberos

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  207 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
At the station, sirens sound.
Corazones start to pound.
"House fire!" says el capitán.
"¡Fuego! Get your helmets on!"

So begins a rollicking race to save a burning casa from the roaring flames-and these bomberos are up to the task, with hoses ready and sirens blaring. Spanish words sprinkled throughout the lively text-plus a glossary at the end-will enrich young readers as the
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Jul 05, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
I think my preschoolers would really like this one - especially Dan Santat's illustrations - and I love the combination of English and Spanish. But one quibble: firefighters don't REALLY hang off the back of the truck anymore, do they? I mean, c'mon, that's not safe at all. The text mentions this, and the illustrations show it. But I've never seen it!
Oct 06, 2014 Alesha rated it it was amazing
Fire! ¡Fuego! Brave Bomberos is a perfect "bilingual" rhyming book for young children. Spanish vocabulary in bold print is sprinkled throughout the text to and readers can use context clues to figure out meaning. "At the station, sirens sound. Corazones start to pound." A glossary of terms is provided at the end.

The illustrations are beautiful and I love the inclusion of a female firefighter, Carlota. Each of the four brave bomberos have Spanish names and are bilingual. They each have differ
Jul 21, 2015 Melle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everybody, especially kids who love fire engines
Bright, bold, active illustrations with (yay!) diverse characters and a great rhyming story to help build up Spanish vocabulary while also telling of an exciting day for a firefighting team. Great for any kid whose eyes get big when the fire engines go by with the sirens on and the horn blaring. A warning for animal lovers: a tiny black kitten is shown in danger (which is the worst the book gets -- I sniffled a moment while thinking of my Minne). Includes a glossary of Spanish words and a pronun ...more
Oct 15, 2014 babyhippoface rated it it was amazing
Fire! Fuego! It's time for firefighters to get in gear and race out of the station to fight the blaze, and this team of heroes--all Latino, by the way--is ready to go!

What I really like about this book is the terrific pacing and cadence to the rhyme. Nothing is forced, it all fits smoothly, and the addition of so much Spanish vocabulary flows naturally without feeling forced. A glossary at the back defines each Spanish word. This is an excellent addition to pre-k and kindergarten units on commu
Stacey Cook
Oct 21, 2012 Stacey Cook rated it really liked it
Shelves: diversity
This is an exciting fiction story about firefighters. The firefighters are all from different cultural backgrounds. This story is about a brave group of firefighters that go out and battle a fire at a townhouse. There is a journey of rhyming words and Spanish words sprinkled around in the text. For example, the title page: Fire! Fuego! Brave Bomberos.

This would be a great story to read to students that are being introduced to rhyming words. For instances “At the station, sirens sound. Corazones
April Dawn
Oct 04, 2013 April Dawn rated it really liked it
Book Title: Fire! Fuego! Brave Bomberos

Short Description of the Book: This book is a narrative description of a day in the life of a firefighter. Throughout the book, Spanish words are inserted into sentences written in English. This book follows a sequence of events with vivid details and descriptions of the setting and events.

FOCUS: Narrative Features I would Use in a Mini-Lesson:
1-Setting- This book uses vivid language and description to set each scene in the day of this group of firefighte
Danielle Baker
Nov 20, 2013 Danielle Baker rated it really liked it

This is a great story to explain what a firefighter does and how they help in our community. This story is culturally appropriate. This is perfect for my class this year, I have a lot of native Spanish speakers. Even native English speaking children love to explore and learn new word in different languages. I would use this story during community helpers themed week, before a firefighter visit. Great vocabulary and spanish words.

Learning Experience:

I would make a chart after we read the s
I was happy to find a book that weaves English with Spanish, because I'm always looking for opportunities to increase my kids' exposure to Spanish. I only wish I'd been able to get my son to read this book with me more than one time. He is moderately interested in fire fighters, but for some reason this book just didn't appeal to him. He never asked for it after that first reading.
Mar 21, 2014 Cris rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile, pictorial
Eh. Now, I'm not the target audience, but I found the rhymes to be unimpressive at best. I liked the illustrations more than the story or the rhymes. The Spanish words seemed to be dropped in more for a chance to show off than flowing from the story.

Not the worst I've seen but far from the best. I wouldn't suggest this book to anyone but child who loves firefighters.
Rachel Dalton
This was a great book I found for a bargain randomly at a book fair. This short book works on rhyming while maintaining a good story line. It also introduces Spanish words along the way, which are bolded and can be inferred by looking at the pictures and reading the sentence. For this reason, I could use this book as a tool for working on inferencing. It also is just an enjoyable read for young students!
Dec 06, 2015 Beckett rated it it was amazing
Great visuals and an exciting pace to the story of community heroes. The Spanish is embedded into the story in a really natural way with a glossary of terms at the end too.
Love the rhyming text as well as the mix of Spanish language throughout. Combined with Santat's awesome illustrations, I can't wait to use this at a preschool storytime!
May 07, 2014 June rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fire fighter and bilingual requests
The rhyming seemed to keep the younger children's attention and I loved the Spanish words it introduced and that helped keep the older children's involved.
Jan 22, 2013 Lara rated it really liked it
Another one that caught me by surprise! I love the concept of this one--it's mainly in English, but with Spanish words sprinkled here and there, all in rhyme. It's pretty easy to guess what the Spanish words mean based on the context, but there's also a glossary in the back in case you're not sure. The illustrations are cute, and the story is one that will be pretty exciting for younger kids, what with the fire truck and the fire fighting and the kitten rescuing. The language is my favorite part ...more
Becky Shaknovich
Mar 12, 2016 Becky Shaknovich rated it it was amazing
A story time favorite for ages 3 and older. I love Susan Middleton Elya's Spanglish rhymes.
Mollie B
Aug 10, 2016 Mollie B rated it it was amazing
Great rhymes for storytime: Women's Equality Day or Hispanic Heritage Month.
Great bilingual book for fire safety month!
Ms Threlkeld
I have enjoyed all of Elya's books and appreciate how seamlessly she weaves Spanish words into the narrative. This is a perfect book for building children's Spanish vocabularies and for using context clues to figure out new words. It will also appeal to kids interested in firefighting and who like action.
I really liked this bilingual story about some brave firefighters who put their own needs aside to save the day for others. This would be such a useful book to incorporate into the classroom during a unit on fire safety or community helpers. I love how the story incorporates spanish and English words and features a female firefighter. This book is multicultural and anti-biased, which qualifies it as an excellent piece of literature for classroom use!
Sep 28, 2013 Martha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Alice, Librariansteph, Elissa, Marti
An action packed firemen's story that will fullfill the popular demand for books about firetrucks. For students who are Spanish speaking or schools teaching Spanish, there are lots of vocabulary words subtly immersed into the storyline with a glossary in the back defining them. This title would be a great choice to read during fire prevention week. As usual Dan Santat's cartoony animated illustations make the story come alive.
Jul 17, 2013 Savannah rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I really enjoyed this book. I myself enjoy learning another language and this book makes it fun. I liked how the story wasn't all in spanish just a few words so it was easier to read, understand, and enjoy. Fun to try to guess what the spanish word meant also. I really liked how the spanish words were bolded and in the back there's a glossary. Not only does it tell you what the word means but it has pronunciation help also.
May 14, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2012
I'm a fan of Dan Santat's art, and I think he captures the action and heat of a fireman story, as well as drawing cool fire trucks and funny dogs. I enjoyed how the rhyming story sprinkled spanish words into the English sentences. After reading more than a few firetruck stories to my boys, the bilingual aspect made it more interesting to me. All Spanish words were in bold and translated in the back glossary.
Tanya Potterf
Oct 07, 2015 Tanya Potterf rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kindergarten Teachers
I teach Kindergarten in Columbus City Schools and today we had Fire Fighters come to show our kids their Fire Truck and a Smoke House for education. I have more than five different languages in my classroom and I love the author Susan Middleton Elya! This book was amazing for my kiddos! The illustrations are fantastic and the rhythm of the text rocks!
This is a great bilingual book for kids, especially for those interested in firemen. It is written in poem form with Spanish words intermixed with English ones. At the end of the book, there is a glossary for any of the words that aren’t clear in the text. This would be a great read aloud book, especially for a classroom with bilingual students. The pictures are great, and the story is exciting!
Shanshad Whelan
It's not the most brilliant book out there, but it's nice to see some new contributions to the firefighter storyline. The incorporation of Spanish words in primarily English text may not be the best way to introduce either language to a new learner, but may work well with children who know both languages. There's a glossary included at the back that translates all the Spanish into English.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
After working in a Dual Language Program, I struggle with books that use Spanglish. I am okay if the whole story is done in English & Spanish. I am okay if the Spanish vocabulary is systematically introduced (though I prefer not mixing the two languages), but I struggle when I see just the random use of the Spanish words in English text.

I LOVE Dan's illustrations though
Sep 07, 2013 Brooke rated it really liked it
I was hesitant to read this with my storytimers. I knew enough to only try it with the older kids, but they really enjoyed it. Even the younger older kids. Kids just love firefighters, what can I say? And they liked guessing what the Spanish words are in English. And the pictures are very vibrant.
Oct 13, 2013 La-Shanda rated it really liked it
Well, hummmm... I have a bias for books that promote community heroes such as Fire Fighters,Policemen(women), and Teachers. I especially like this book because vocabulary terms are written in English and Spanish. The book is appropriate for Preschoolers, Kindergartners and possibly first graders.
Stephanie Sapp
Jul 03, 2013 Stephanie Sapp rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the story and the pictures. I struggled with reading aloud the Spanish words, glossary in the back was helpful. My dual language teachers have already expressed dislike in the random Spanish words thrown in here and there. It would be confusing to second language learners.
Christina Camp
Nov 16, 2012 Christina Camp rated it really liked it
This is an adorable book that teaches about firemen. It is great to use when teaching about community helpers and also great for students who speak Spanish. Many of the words in the book are in Spanish so children must use context clues to discover the meaning of the words.
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