The Firehouse Light

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Tricycle Press, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Day after day, year after year,
the lightbulb did not burn out.

Here is the true story of a little lightbulb, located in a firehouse, that has stayed lit for more than one hundred years. As horse-drawn carriages make room for automobiles, dirt roads give way to paved streets, and new buildings transform small clusters of homes into bustling neighborhoods, a small town grows and changes. And fighting fires changes, too: fires once fought by bucket brigades and hand-pulled hose carts are now attended by full-time firefighters and modern firetrucks. Yet now, just like then, the lightbulb glows, strong and steady, above the brave firefighters and their trucks.

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User Review  - DenaLanders - LibraryThing

Summary: This little light bulb in this firehouse has been lit for hundreds of years. It has seen transportation changed from horse carriages to automobiles, like today's fire trucks and the light ... Read full review


User Review  - Kirkus

At 109 years old and still burning (and in the Guinness Book of World Records), a real light bulb hanging in a California firehouse not only merits admiration for its durability but also provides a ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

JANET NOLAN has written two previous picture books and lives in Oak Park, Illinois. About The Firehouse Light, Janet says, “The lightbulb has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, television and radio shows. It has caught the attention of Ripley's Believe It or Not and the Guinness Book of World Records.” Janet currently serves as Program Co-Chair for the Illinois chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

MARIE LAFRANCE has illustrated more than twenty children's books and is originally from Quebec City. She studied graphic arts at CEGEP in Vieux-Montréal and etching at Studio Graff. Marie has lived in San Francisco and New York, where she worked as a silk-screen printmaker for various galleries. She returned to Montreal to work as a freelance illustrator and has been nominated for many awards, including the prestigious Governor General's Award. Marie lives with her partner and their daughter, Béatrice.

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