Russ, a five-year-old boy with Down syndrome, tags along with his Uncle Jerry, a fireman, during a day of work at a real firehouse. Captured in detail with vivid color photographs, this story begins as Russ goes ‘on duty’ for the day. He helps inspect the fire equipment — the axe, fire hydrant, flashlight, ladders, fire truck — to make sure that it’s all working OK. He also discovers that a very important job at the firehouse is keeping the equipment clean, so Russ and Uncle Jerry start scrubbing and rinsing. Even Sparky the Dalmatian gets a sudsy bath. After they’re finished everything in the firehouse is sparkling — except Russ, who’s just a little bit wet. Ages 4 and up.
Contributors: McGahan, Pete, ill.