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. Volume XII Number 14 . . . . March 17, 2006
Leon is a young boy who lives in a small town on the coast of British Columbia. The village is so small it only has two large buildings and runs the length of a football field. After a fire breaks out, the town is worried as the community doesn't even have a fire department. Putting their heads together, the townspeople decide they need to get a saltwater pump in case a fire ever happens again. Their plan entails contacting their local Member of Parliament in the hope that he will fund the new pump. What they find out is that not only will the Government fund a new pump, they are sending a fire truck, complete with ladders, a hose and the much needed pump!
The town must now prepare for the delivery of their new fire truck which means their building a fire station to house it. A builder is brought in from Vancouver to construct the hall, and along with his tools, he brings his "severed" thumb...in a box!
The removable thumb, the friendly builder and a master plan by the resourceful townspeople, make this story a fun read. With six chapters, it is a perfect length for a first time chapter book reader. Kids will enjoy reading this book, with its well-described cast of characters and easy-flowing story.
Shelly Tyler is a Reference Librarian with the Manitoba Department of Education Library in Winnipeg, MB.
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