Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Good Fire Helmet

The Good Fire Helmet by Tim Hoppey

About The Book:
The Good Fire Helmet is a story about being brave in everyday life and believing in yourself. Ten-year-old Tommy and six-year-old Christian treasure the firefighter's helmet that once belonged to their dad. The chaplain had told the boys, "If you just touch your fingers to this fire helmet, its courage can be given to you. A good fire helmet has been known to do that." Christian believes the helmet makes him brave when he gets a shot at the doctor's office and wards off scary shadows at night, but his big brother isn't so sure. Tommy's real test of courage comes the day Christian falls into the creek and is swept downstream, along with the helmet. Tommy draws on memories of his dad - and the courage he finds inside himself - to rescue his brother.

My Thoughts:
This is such a touching and heartwarming story. It is about a brother's love, bravery, and courage. It's about remembering a parent. It's about believing. The story is told so well for children and the illustrations is amazing. My children loved this book. But I think this book would be especially useful for any child who has lost a parent, for any reason.

About The Author & Illustrator:
For the past twenty-five years, Tim Hoppey has worked as a New York City firefighter stationed in Spanish Harlem. When he's not fighting fires, he runs summer rafting trips on the Delaware River for inner city boys. A lacrosse player, he enjoys throwing the ball around with his three adult children. Tim is the author of several children's books. He lives with his wife, Ellen, on Long Island.
An award-winning illustrator, Lori McElrath-Eslick has illustrated many children's books and her work has also appeared in magazines, including Highlights for Children, Ladybug, and National Wildlife. She lives with her family in Michigan, where she enjoys painting, camping, swimming, and cross-country skiing.

You can purchase this book at Military Family Books.

I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Elva Resa PR. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

1 comment:

  1. I love the story too, and am glad to read it when I do a school visit as the illustrator.

    Thank you so much for the good words about
    The Good Fire Helmet.

    All good things,


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