Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey

Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey

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* “A hundred years from now, when people want to know what we told our children about 9/11, Kalman's book should be among the first answers.”—Booklist, starred review
 
* “Intelligently conveys those unfathomable events in a way that a picture book audience can comprehend. . . . With this inspiring book, Kalman sensitively handles a difficult subject in an age-appropriate manner.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “Fireboat does many things. It sets forth an adventure, helps commemorate an anniversary, offers an interesting bit of history, celebrates the underdog, and honors the fire-fighting profession. Children and adults will respond to it in as many ways.”—School Library Journal, starred review
 
* “Exciting, uplifting, and child-sensitive. . . . Revisits the tragedy without the terror and conveys pride without preachiness."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
 
* “Quintessential New York artist Kalman gives us an idiosyncratic but informative look at a Big Apple institution. . . . Kalman’s use of the events of September 11 is honest and honorable, and rarely is she as straightforward as she is here.”—The Horn Book, starred review

This is the inspiring true story of the John J. Harvey—a retired New York City fireboat reinstated on September 11, 2001. Originally launched in 1931, the Harvey was the most powerful fireboat of her time. After the September 11 attacks, with fire hydrants at Ground Zero inoperable and the Hudson River's water supply critical to fighting the blaze, the fire department called on the Harvey for help. There were adjustments—forcing water into hoses by jamming soda bottles and wood into nozzles with a sledgehammer—and then the fireboat's volunteer crew pumped much-needed water to the disaster site. The John J. Harvey proved she was still one of New York's Bravest!

Maira Kalman brings a New York City icon to life, celebrating the energy, vitality and hope of a place and its people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591129844
Publisher: Live Oak Media
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 10.40(w) x 8.92(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

In her own words: "born. bucolic childhood. culture-stuffed adolescence. played piano. stopped. danced. stopped. wrote. discarded writing. drew. reinstated writing. married Tibor Kalman and collaborated at iconoclastic yet successful design studio. wrote and painted children's books. worried. took up Ping-Pong. relaxed. wrote and painted for many magazines.  cofounded the Rubber Band Society. amused. children: two. dog: one."
In her own words: "born. bucolic childhood. culture-stuffed adolescence. played piano. stopped. danced. stopped. wrote. discarded writing. drew. reinstated writing. married Tibor Kalman and collaborated at iconoclastic yet successful design studio. wrote and painted children's books. worried. took up Ping-Pong. relaxed. wrote and painted for many magazines.  cofounded the Rubber Band Society. amused. children: two. dog: one."

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

November 15, 1949

Place of Birth:

Tel Aviv, Israel

Education:

New York University, 1967-70

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Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
MoCurl More than 1 year ago
This book is a must for elementary school teachers or any parent who wants to teach their children about the horrific events of 9 - 11. This true story tells the amazing tale of the John J. Harvey, a once-great, de-commissioned and forgotten fireboat on the Hudson River. The text and illustrations are wonderful, descriptive without being graphic. As a NYC school teacher and someone who lost friends that awful day, I highly recommend this beautiful book for children and adults. Never Forget!
BetsyGA More than 1 year ago
This story has wonderful illustrations and tells the story of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in a sensitive and informative way. Great for use with young children or with older students for a short story to share in History or Social Studies classes.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another awesome Maira Kalman book; this time she tackles the story of the John J. Harvey, a retired fireboat that got called back into service during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The illustrations are very vibrant; the thickness of the paint evokes an interesting texture. The double-page spread of the John J. Harvey fighting the fire amidst the tangled mess of the destroyed buildings is especially interesting. Sometimes her style is quite sketched-in rather than full-on illustrated; other times she gets very detaily and precise. This is an interesting angle through which to explore the September 11 attacks. I also learned a little about the history of fireboats! I think the book would work well in a classroom setting when discussing the history of September 11.
Marliesd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this--thought it was sad though, and kind of upsetting for little children, but if they lived through 9/11, it's a good treatment of a terrible topic.
btivis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kalman begins Fireboat by discussing all the wonderful things that happened in New York beginning in 1931. The story builds up the building of the John J. Harvey fireboat. It told of how spectacular it was and all the years of hard work it had. When it was about to be turned into scrap metal, a group of people went in together and had it refurbished to be just like new. They actually drove it in the Hudson. Then the story takes a dramatic turn. The illustrations stop and a black page states the events of 9/11. The crew of the John J. Harvey volunteered to everything they could, but the fire department said they could only ferry peaple out of the area. But then there were problems with water pipes and lines and the fire department needed all the help they could get. The John J. Harvey and its crew worked for 4 days and nights fighting the fires at Ground Zero. After all the work they did, the John J. Harvey and its crew were awarded the National Preservation Award.I thought this book did a spectacular job in addressing the events of 9/11 from a positive perspective. So many things we see about this terrible day tell of the pain and destruction, but this book focused on how people were quick to help.I would use this book on the anniversary of 9/11. After discussing everything that happened on that eventful day, I would read this book to show that positive things happened on that day as well. And that if those positive things hadn't happened, the day would have been much worse.
bostonbibliophile on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautiful, moving picture book about 9/11, focusing on the role played by a small tugboat. Maira Kalman's text and illustrations work together beautifully to create a lovingly told story suitable for adults and children.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I listened to the audio recording, narrated by Judd Hirsch. This is the true story of the fireboat John J. Harvey which was launched in the 1930s, fell into disrepair, and was refurbished by a group of friends in the 1990s. When the World Trade Center towers were attacked, the John J. Harvey was put into use once again, helping scores of other workers put out the fires. The bright pictures are a visual treat and the narration and sound effects make this one a great listen. (Be wary if you listen while driving and are likely to tear up when they talk about 9-11.) This book was on the Monarch Award master list for 2008.
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Superb story! Not politicaly correct.
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I bought this book because I am a huge fan of her work. I found myself moved so deeply by the story. Basically it showed that we can all be a hero.