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With more than 20 picture books to her name, Elya has built her career on stories that deftly incorporate Spanish vocabulary words into English verse. Her latest salutes a team of firefighters-among them, Juan, Jose, Carlota, and Hector-who race into action. " 'House fire!' says el capitan./ 'Fuego! Get your helmets on!'/ Down the pole they grab their gear./ 'Rapido! We're out of here!' " Elya's verse never falters, and it fuels the story's tension and drama. The text provides ample fodder for Santat's colored pencil illustrations, which incorporate digital elements, as well as the thematically appropriate use of fire and water. Certain pages are singed during the height of the fire, others are stained with water after the bomberos break out their hose. "Aim el agua, hear the sizzle-/ soon they make las flamas fizzle." The meanings of most of the Spanish words can be inferred from context, and a glossary is also included. The firefighters' determination, grit, and camaraderie-all fully evident in Santat's cinematically action-packed scenes-are sure to bolster childhood ambitions of joining their ranks. Ages 3-6. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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At the station, sirens sound. / Corazones start to pound. So begins this race to save a burning casa from roaring flames. Like No More, Por Favor (2010), also by Elya, this story meshes English and Spanish in verse to express the courage and dedication of bomberos Juan, Jose, Carlota, and Hector as they rush out of the station to do their jobs. Elya's fiery pace and rhythm Aim el agua, hear the sizzle / Soon they make las flamas fizzle are matched by Santat's masterfully designed illustrations. His colored-pencil and mixed-media spreads suggest movement across the page, and the brave bomberos' carefully crafted expressions provide deeper understandings of the heroism and devotion they encounter with each run. Elya's lines are often layered into the illustrations as characters' speech bubbles, making each turn of the page feel like a scene cut from an action film. All those young bomberos in the making will want to read this one again and again.--Zapata, Angie Copyright 2010 Booklist