Fire Engines - Thao Lam
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Fire Engines

Fire Engines

Fire Engines

Every time I hear a siren, I think about all the brave men and women whose jobs it is to keep us safe and the courage it takes to rush into danger as people are fleeing the scene. Keep reading…

Fire Engines is part of the Little Golden Book series and is illustrated by Tibor Gergely (no author was credited). The book captures a day in the life of firefighters – brave firefighters rushing off to the scene of a burning building, saving a dog, a bike, a cello, and even a cuckoo clock.

The illustrations are pretty cool. They’re all one-page spreads packed with action and barely enough room for text. The text is not even necessary since the illustrations speak for themselves. There is a sense of urgency on every page, as firefighters rush about doing their job. Primary colours of blue, green, yellow, orange, black and fire engine red pop off the pages. What I love about this book is the sense of teamwork, illustrating the vital role of every team member.

Fire Engines, a children’s book review by Thao Lam

Illustrator Tibor Gergely

(1900 to 1978)

A self-taught painter and illustrator Tibor Geregely was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1900. He was a mischievous child and would get into trouble (and, was even expelled once) for sketching caricatures of his teachers on the blackboard while they were out of the room.

Tibor married a reputable poet, painter, and illustrator by the name of Anna Lesznai, together the pair fled to Vienna in 1920. While residing in Vienna, Tibor enrolled at the Vienna Academy for Industrial Art, where he studied lithography. It was the only formal artistic training he ever received. After two decades in Austria the couple fled to America settling in New York where Tibor began making a name for himself by illustrating Golden Books.

To learn more about Tibor Gergely, check out his website


Publisher Golden Books; 1 edition (January 30, 2001)

ISBN-10 0307960242

ISBN-13 978-0307960245