Pink Fire Trucks Book Reviews
"A bilingual kid’s book that’s an all-around winner." -Kirkus Reviews
Midwest Book Review : Volume 23, Number 8 : August 2013
"Pink Fire Trucks" is a bilingual, English-Spanish story to inspire girls of all ages to dare to dream big, speaking vocationally. When Career Day comes to school, Gladys draws what she wants to become, a fire girl. A boy named Rudy tells her she can't be a fire girl, only boys can become firemen. Gladys is tempted to pretend to become invisible. But another girl friend inspires her by saying, "Girls can do whatever boys can do." Gladys envisions a pink fire truck. Later the children visit a fire station and are given a tour by Captain Beth, a woman firefighter. Although there is no pink fire engine, Gladys is encouraged. Later, when the boy (Rudy) who teased Gladys about not being a fireman has an accident on his bike on the sidewalk in front of her house, Gladys takes her medic rescue kit and takes care of Rudy's scraped knee, comforting him and promising not to tell that he had cried. Rudy finally concludes: "You know, perhaps having a girl firefighter isn't so bad after all." "Pink Fire Trucks" is narrated in both English and Spanish for children ages 5-11, and contains Spanish words, sayings and a song embedded in the English text. Spunky, colorful illustrations show portraits of active, intelligent, capable young girls of multiple tonicities, successfully engaging in a variety of vocational activities. "Pink Fire Trucks" is a great resource for encouraging children to think beyond gender stereotypes.