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FIREBOAT: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Awards)) [Hardcover]

By Maira Kalman (Author) & Maira Kalman (Illustrator)
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Item description for FIREBOAT: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Awards)) by Maira Kalman...

Offers the true story of this historic fireboat that was pulled from its retirement on the day of the attacks on the World Trade Center in order to assist firefighters tending to the massive blaze and, with a few adjustments, succeeded in completing its mission.

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A portion of the proceeds from Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey will be donated to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund. For more information or to make a donation, please visit http: //

This is the inspiring true story of the John J. Harvey--a retired New York City fireboat reinstated on September 11, 2001. Originally launched in 1931, the Harvey was the most powerful fireboat of her time. After the September 11 attacks, with fire hydrants at Ground Zero inoperable and the Hudson River's water supply critical to fighting the blaze, the fire department called on the Harvey for help. There were adjustments--forcing water into hoses by jamming soda bottles and wood into nozzles with a sledgehammer--and then the fireboat's volunteer crew pumped much-needed water to the disaster site. The John J. Harvey proved she was still one of New York's Bravest
Maira Kalman brings a New York City icon to life, celebrating the energy, vitality and hope of a place and its people.

Awards and Recognitions
FIREBOAT: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Awards)) by Maira Kalman has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Red Clover Award - 2004 Nominee - Picture Book category
  • Buckaroo Book Award - 2004-2005 Nominee - Children's category
  • Monarch Award - 2008 Nominee - Grades K-3 category
  • Georgia Children's Book Award - 2004 Nominee - Picture Storybook category
  • South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award - 2005-2006 Nominee - Picture Book category
  • Volunteer State Book Awards - 2005-2006 Nominee - Grades K-3 category
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award - 2004 Nominee - Grades K-3 category
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards - 2003 Winner - Nonfiction category
  • Parents Choice Award (Fall) (1998-2007) - 2002 Winner - Approved category
  • Bookseller's Choice - 2003 Winner - Nonfiction category
  • Children's Books of Distinction Awards - 2003 Winner - Nonfiction category

Citations And Professional Reviews
FIREBOAT: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Awards)) by Maira Kalman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 905
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 08/01/2002 page 1133
  • Publishers Weekly - 07/29/2002 page 71
  • Horn Book Magazine - 09/01/2002 page 596
  • School Library Journal - 09/01/2002 page 214
  • New York Times - 09/29/2002 page 27
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks - 10/01/2002 page 63
  • Booksense '76 Childrens Wtr 02 - 11/01/2002 page 1
  • Booklist Ed Choice Youth - 01/01/2003 page 797
  • ALA Notable Childrens Books - 03/15/2003 page 1309
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 198
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2003 page 53
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2003 page 198
  • Booklist - 09/01/2002 page 113
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 604

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.1" Width: 10.2" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 5, 2002
Publisher   Putnam Juvenile
Age  3-8
ISBN  0399239537  
ISBN13  9780399239533  

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More About Maira Kalman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Maira Kalman is the best-selling author of thirteen children's books and eight adult books. Among her adult classics are The Elements of Style, an illustrated edition of Strunk and White's timeless grammar guide, and two picture books of essays based on yearlong online columns for the New York Times, And the Pursuit of Happiness, and The Principles of Uncertainty. She is the "M" in M&Co, the revolutionary design firm founded by her late husband, Tibor Kalman, with whom she was a constant collaborator.

Maira Kalman currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > Picture Books
3Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( K ) > Kalman, Maira
4Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > General
5Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States
6Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Explore the World > General
7Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Explore the World
8Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Transportation > Boats & Ships > Nonfiction
9Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Current Events > September 11
10Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Current Events > Terrorism
11Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Engineering > Civil > Construction > Building Construction

Reviews - What do customers think about FIREBOAT: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Awards))?

Brings tears to my eyes.  Oct 1, 2007
A true triumph over adversity. A very nice book to read to your little ones and not such a scary way to let them know a sad part of our history.
Heartwarming Hero!  Jun 15, 2007
Heartwarming Hero!!!

Imagine your most favorite hero. Is he tall, strong, courageous, and faithful? Well, this hero is all that and more. Fireboat, by Maira Kalman is a heartwarming story of a boat that was built in 1931 with all the newest and greatest gadgets to aide in fighting fires. The fireboat is named the John J. Harvey and for many years it fought fires on ocean liners and along New York's busy piers. After 64 years of protecting the New York area the John J. Harvey is retired. Left unused for five years it was ready to be sold as scrap material when a few people got together and brought the John J. Harvey back to life. After many repairs the old fireboat is up and running again. Not as a fireboat but as a pleasure boat for all. As the story progresses history is in the making. The most horrific thing imaginable happens on September 11, 2001. This is where a hero of the past steps in to help and doesn't stop until his work is done. A tragedy, yes, a hero, yes, forgotten no. The John J. Harvey is an important part of history that will always have friends to care for him. If you are looking for a book about September 11th to share with yourself, your children or your grand-children then this is the book for you. It is a simple and loving example of what people can do to help others during such a tragic time. This is a must read and an unforgettable story of what America lost on the day of September 11, 2001.Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (Picture Puffin Books)

The Fireboat  Nov 10, 2006
The author deals with the terrorist attacks on the twin towers in a very dignified way. Nothing in the story would devistate young readers or listeners. The illustrations are wonderful and quite appropriate. Next year when 9-11 arrives I will read this story to my students to help them remember this tragic incident.
An American Archetype  Aug 25, 2006
There is a traditional story of the retired firehorse that responds to the bell. John J. Harvey is a true example of that. She and her crew answered the bell that day. It troubles me that so many reviewers want to "revise" this book to remove the horror of that day. You can not revise the events and remove the horror from them. It needs to be recalled, remembered and dealt with, both by children and adults. I love this book. As a firefighter and Naval Reservist I can't say enough good things about the story here. More importantly enough good things can not be said about John J. Harvey and the crew that saved her and then brought her back into service that day.
Great kids' book on an almost impossible subject  Aug 29, 2005
I was amazed at E. Bird "Ramseelbird's" negative review of this book. He feels that Kalman's treatment of September 11 was flippant and cutesy-pie??

My son, who was in nursery school at the time, was severely traumatized by the horrible events of that day and his parents' reactions. He had a pretty good factual understanding, but couldn't quite piece it all together emotionally. I searched for a book about 9/11 that he could relate to. This was it. Far from being flippant, the book sets the tone of 1931, the birthyear of the fireboat John J. Harvey, with other "normal" stuff that was going on that year. In fact, everything *is* normal until THAT DAY. Yes, the tone changes. But doesn't that reflect reality in this case?

The gouache illustrations give a great child's-eye view of what happened.

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