The John J. Harvey fireboat was the largest, fastest, shiniest fireboat of 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.
This book about true life heroes can be used to address social/emotional issues such as helping others, as well as grammar concepts including: adjectives, verbs and complex sentence structures. It can also be used to target /f/ initial and /r/ vocalic. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Fireboat in speech therapy below: