“While the hard working firefighters were out tending to a fire on Christmas Eve, Ol’ Sergeant Nick worked tirelessly to provide them with lots of goodies upon their return. . . . Illustrations are done by one of the South’s leading illustrators of juvenile books. . . . The story is sweet.”
Who needs eight flying reindeer when Santa has a shiny red fire truck? It’s the Christmas Eve shift at Firehouse One, and all the firefighters are sitting down to bowls of hot chili when an old fireman stops by for a bite to eat. No sooner does the old man devour all the chili than the alarm sounds and the firemen hurry out to fight a blaze. They work through the night and return tired but prepared to ready their equipment for the next call.
But surprises await them all back at the firehouse, including a geographically specific snow storm and gifts for everyone! Illustrated in James Rice’s trademark style, this delightful addition to Pelican’s beloved The Night Before Christmas Series honors firefighters across the country for their brave service.
About the Author
Prior to the birth of her oldest daughter, author Kimbra Cutlip lived with her husband aboard their sailboat in Maryland. When young friends visited her boat and asked, “How does Santa get in?” Cutlip responded by writing Sailor’s Night Before Christmas. Now living on dry land near her boat, Cutlip works as a contributing author for Weatherwise magazine. She has also worked as an emergency medical technician.
About the Illustrator
James Rice (1934-2004), in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, produced more than sixty children’s books, among them several additions to The Night Before Christmas Series. Cajun Night Before Christmas®, Rice’s first book, has been nationally recognized as a classic in its genre. Rice taught art and music at both high school and college levels and loved teaching children the joys of writing and illustrating. With more than 2.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation’s best-selling creators of children’s books, having received awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children’s Book Council.
FIREFIGHTER’S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
By Kimbra Cutlip
Illustrated by James Rice
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.
Ages 5-8 Grades K-3
The Night Before Christmas Series