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Summary: Chief Rhino is known as one of the bravest firefighters in town. One day he thinks he spots a fire in a house down the road. He rushes to the site to douse the fire, only to find out it was just some candles on a cake. He is embarrassed, but everyone tells him that it was one of the best cakes they had ever had, even if it was a little soggy! This is a picture book about making mistakes.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 2 to 6
Reading Level: 2.4
Age of Child: Read with a 2-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My son picked this book because of the bright colors on the cover. He laughed when they sprayed the candles on the cake and blew it apart. He clapped and wanted me to read it again
Adult Reader Reaction: This was a great book for a little boy. It taught my son that making mistakes does not always mean people will be upset at you since we all make mistakes.
Pros: This is a fun story about working hard and not being upset when you make a mistake.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a fun book to share with your kids. It will be hard to keep on the library shelves.
Educational Themes: This is a fun way to introduce kids to the idea that it is important to laugh at our mistakes, and that even "experts" make mistakes. It is also a fun way to introduce community helpers, and talk about helping others and forgiveness.
Notes: A Reading Tub volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, community helpers, humor, life lessons