Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey

Maira Kalman (Author) Maira Kalman (Illustrator)


The John J. Harvey fireboat was the largest, fastest, shiniest fireboatof its time, but by 1995, the city didn't need old fireboats anymore. So the Harvey retired, until a group of friends decided to save it from the scrap heap. Then, one sunny September day in 2001, something so horrible happened that the whole world shook. And a call came from the fire department, asking if the Harvey could battle the roaring flames. In this inspiring true story, Maira Kalman brings a New York City icon to life and proves that old heroes never die.

Product Details

$7.99  $7.35
Puffin Books
Publish Date
August 04, 2005
9.92 X 9.98 X 0.18 inches | 0.46 pounds

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About the Author

In her own words: born. bucolic childhood. culture-stuffed adolescence. played piano. stopped. danced. stopped. wrote. discarded writing. drew. reinstated writing. married Tibor Kalman and collaborated at iconoclastic yet successful design studio. wrote and painted children's books. worried. took up Ping-Pong. relaxed. wrote and painted for many magazines. cofounded the Rubber Band Society. amused. children: two. dog: one.


"A hundred years from now, when people want to know what we told our children about September 11th in New York City, Kalman's book should be among the first answers."
"Sets forth an adventure, commemorates an anniversary, offers an interesting bit of history, celebrates the underdog, and honors the firefighting profession."
"Exciting, uplifting, and child-sensitive....Revisits the tragedy without the terror and conveys pride without preachiness; consider purchasing an extra copy."