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"Nee Naw! Nee Naw!
I'm a little fire engine.
Nee Naw! Nee Naw!
I'm happy I'm me."
Get your siren going and sing along with a fffttt plop bang as Nee Naw, the little fire engine, saves the day.
From the creators of Jingle Bells, Rudolph Smells comes another hilarious, high-energy rescue.
When it comes to children's books those which have CD's with them are always bound to be a hit, and when they feature either vehicles or animals they are even better it seems! When I took this along to the daycare centre I work at Miss 4 was excited to share this with her friends in the preschool room at mat time. The children, boys in particular loved this book and the fact that we had just recently had a fire drill at the centre made it great timing for such a book, as it opened up a whole world of conversations!
Listening to the CD for the first time it reminded me of the tune of the children's tv show's Paw Patrol and Bob the Builder, several of the other teacher's whom I work with also agreed. The music was fun to listen to and was very, very catchy it had us singing along in no time, especially with the "Nee Naw! Nee Naw!". Not only did the teachers enjoy this but so did the children this was a great sing along book with all ages. The music goes along well with the illustrations and it isn't to fast paced so it is easy to turn the pages to in time. Everybody loved this story other than one staff member who said she felt it was "an annoying story" as she didn't like how it got stuck in her head. One teacher loved it so much that she has ordered it for her son from the Scholastic book orders.
The pictures in the book are fun and full of character, especially Nee Naw the Little Fire Engine who has the cheesiest, happiest smile on his face all of the time, even though he is quite dented and unshaped compared to you usual fire trucks. This brings with it a special meaning that it is okay to be different and to be yourself just as Nee Naw is, when the other fire trucks see how Nee Naw saves the day they want to make him like them however Nee Naw doesn't want to be like them and says "i'm happy i'm me". I love how Nee Naw has a can do attitude and shows children that they can do anything they put their minds to no matter how big or small they are!
In the back cover of the book there are a list of fire safety tips which I felt was a great addition to the story as it is so important that we talk to the children about such things, as we read these we spoke to the children about whether they had fire escape plans at home, and we were happy to hear those that the children have at home.
All in all a great little book which the children and staff loved and one that I am happy to continue to read for some time to come, great for all age groups.
I thought the price was a little steep for a children's picture book, but then I realised there was an accompanying CD as well which completely changed my opinion. The other thing I had to change my mind about was the age range it was suitable for. I thought Miss Five, who has just started school, would be too old for it - but no, she was really into the colour illustrations, the storyline which emphasises that you should not judge anyone by their size, and the catchy song which follows the words in the story.
We started by reading the story through and looking at the illustrations. There were frequent pauses for us to look at the pictures and pick out Nee Naw from the gathering of fire engines. We talked about water putting out fires and how important it is to ensure there is a supply available for the fire trucks. Miss Five thought it was very funny when they had to get a backup water supply from the toilet, and said she hoped whoever used it last had flushed before leaving!
At the back of the book (inside the CD flap) is a list of fire safety tips that I thought were very useful and which Miss Five confirmed she already knew because they had discussed them at school as well. This meant her learning was reinforced in a fun way - a great way to get the message across to little ones. A five-year-old can be surprisingly sensible in an emergency situation if he or she has been well prepared.
After reading through the book, we put on the CD and listened to the song. It was great that the song words follow the words in the book, and on the second playing of the CD we were able to sing along with it - the melody is quite simple to follow and we picked it up very quickly. And if we made the odd mistake and sang a wrong note, there was nobody there to correct us! In terms of reading the words, Miss Five was able to pick out some of the simpler ones after these three sessions - especially words like "fire", 'happy" and "little" which recur throughout the text.
So after our session, both Miss Five and I like this book. She has already decided that, when she has grown out of it, she will pass it on to her two-year-old cousin so she can enjoy the song and learn about fire safety too.
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