Tito, The Firefighter Tito, El Bombero

Summary:

Tito loves the firehouse. Every day Richie, one of the firefighters, and Tito exchange hellos. One day, as Tito passes the firehouse a man is shouting. Richie needs his help, because he doesn't speak Spanish, and, ultimately, Tito gets to ride in the firetruck to help Richie.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The story moves quickly, with Spanish integrated in the English text. For kids who love firefighters, this will only whet their interests to ride on the truck. There is a vocabulary list in the back.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

Our preschooler loved this book. As soon as we finished reading it, s/he wanted to practice Spanish and show off the words that s/he knows.

Parent Reaction

This was fun to read … and for parents with rusty Spanish, not overwhelming at all. We have a number of bilingual books in our library, but this was the first one to prompt our child to want to practice her skills.

Type of Book:
This is a bilingual picture book.
Educational Themes:

The principle value is in introducing Spanish. That said, there are other things to do. You can teach safety skills, and how to report fires. You can also bring the book to life by visiting a firehouse or

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with 4-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
This can go either way. If you're building a library with bilingual books or transportation/careers for pre-readers, add this to your list. Otherwise, you'll still want to borrow it at the library.

Title Tito, the Firefighter / Tito, el Bombero
Author Tim Hoppey
Publisher Raven Tree Press © 2005
Illustrators Kimberly Hoffman
ISBN 0972497331
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Bilingual, Spanish, Community Helpers, Foreign Language, Latin America | Hispanic People
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