A Fire Engine for Ruthie (Hardcover)

By Leslea Newman, Cyd Moore (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, 9780618159895, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 23, 2004

List Price: 16.00*
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Ruthie loves to visit Nana, but they don’t always like to play with the same things. Ruthie loves fire engines and motorcycles, while Nana loves dolls and dress-up clothes. Nana’s neighbor, Brian, gets to play with fire engines and motorcycles. So why doesn’t Ruthie? Energetic illustrations capture the loving relationship between Ruthie and Nana in this insightful and sensitive story.

About the Author

Lesléa Newman is the author of more than 40 books, including Matzo Ball Moon and Remember That. She lives in Massachusetts.

Praise For A Fire Engine for Ruthie

"A good choice for challenging gender stereotypes and creating a culture of acceptance." KIRKUS REVIEWS Kirkus Reviews

"positive depiction of imaginative play...illustrations are full of homey details...many young listeners will relate to Ruthie's preference" BCCB Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This book hits the mark on three solid counts--a real story, good pacing, and deliciously full artwork" BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

"a protagonist with interests that buck societal stereotypes...vibrant watercolors pack in plenty of detail" PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Publishers Weekly