Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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A portion of the proceeds from Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey will be donated to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund. For more information or to make a donation, please visit http://www.ttof.org.

This is the inspiring true story of the John J. Harvey—a retired New York City fireboat reinstated on September 11, 2001. Originally launched in 1931, the Harvey was the most powerful fireboat of her time. After the September 11 attacks, with fire hydrants at Ground Zero inoperable and the Hudson River's water supply critical to fighting the blaze, the fire department called on the Harvey for help. There were adjustments—forcing water into hoses by jamming soda bottles and wood into nozzles with a sledgehammer—and then the fireboat's volunteer crew pumped much-needed water to the disaster site. The John J. Harvey proved she was still one of New York's Bravest!

Maira Kalman brings a New York City icon to life, celebrating the energy, vitality and hope of a place and its people.

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The illustrations are engaging and colorful. - Goodreads
Though emotionally hard to read over and over... - Goodreads
I really enjoyed the illustrations. - Goodreads
They were engaged and the illustrations were great. - Goodreads
The Harvey had very interesting illustrations. - Goodreads
I really liked the illustrations in this book. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

Great book about a forgotten fireboat that helped out during 911. Read for wk# 22 CC3. Read full review

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User Review  - Paty - Goodreads

Wonderful story. Really learned some new history about the role "Harvey" played during 9/11. Read full review

About the author (2002)

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."
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.

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