Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
New York's Bravest

New York's Bravest

Fall 2002 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrator: Steve Johnson
Illustrator: Lou Fancher
ISBN: 0-375-82196-1
Hardcover Price: $15.95
New York City has long had a tall tale hero, Mose, the firefighter, who is eight feet tall with hands as big as Virginia hams. After years of heroics, the modest Mose prophetically disappears after rescuing a large number of people at an enormous fire.

While readers can ponder the amazing appropriateness of having this tall tale end as it does, the story, with its wonderfully dramatic illustrations of Mose, is timely, powerful, and comforting for children. And, yes, it is fittingly dedicated to the lengthening memory of the 343 firefighters who died on September 11, 2001.

Kemie Nix   ©2002 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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