Saturday, September 27, 2008

New Feature Introduced on Sparkles' Webpage and Blog

New is Sparkles' Coloring Page. Your child or grandchild's coloring page could be featured on Sparkles' blog! Click on the picture of Firefighter Ken to open the coloring page to print and color.

Send your colored version (less than 1 mb) to coloringpage@sparklesthefiresafetydog and we will pick one lucky picture to be featured on Sparkles' blog in October!

Good luck!
Attention kids, parents, teachers and fire departments. Have you checked out Sparkles the Fire Safety Dogs' fun fire safety activity and coloring pages? Check them out! We're adding new ones all of the time! Just click on the picture of Sparkles to see more!

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ask a Firefighter

Brand New!

Ask a Firefighter

Sparkles invites children to submit their questions that they have for firefighters and a real live firefighter will answer their questions! Click on the button below to learn more.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog book selected as Reviewer's Choice Review by Midwest Book Review / Children's Bookwatch

The Midwest Book Review / Children's Bookwatch selected Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog for its Reviewer's Choice Review this month. Its reviews are highly respected and are specifically designed for community and academic librarians, booksellers, and the general reading public. The review is quoted below.

"Written by firefighter Dayna Hilton, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog is a wonderful, flat-spined children's picturebook about the basics of fire safety - as taught with assistance from Sparkles, a friendly female dalmatian. Illustrated with full-color photographs of the real Sparkles and erfriends on virtually every page, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog tells young readers what to do if they hear the noise from a smoke alarm: "In case of fire, be sure to crawl low under the smoke on your hands and knees. The air is cleaner and cooler there. Get low and go to your outside meeting place." A great way for parents to introduce their children to doing fire drills, especially sure to appeal to young dog lovers."

Friday, September 5, 2008

Chief John Mauro on Safety Talk Radio

Today Chief John Mauro was on Safety Talk Radio, sharing information about the Southborough Fire Department and the department's fire safety efforts. Chief Mauro also shared information about the upcoming book, Sparkles Goes to Boston.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Nice Note from a Sproutlet

Yesterday we received this nice note from Todd, the father of four year old Sam, a fan of all things firefighting, Fireman Sam and the fire safety tips on PBS KIDS Sprout.

Photo by Raleigh photographer Gregory Wiggs

Note from Sam's Dad, Todd:

"Sparkles and Spanner!" "Sparkles and Spanner!" Familiar words in my house. I happened upon your site quite by accident, but am glad that I did. My four-year-old son Sam is a huge fan of not only "Fireman Sam," but of you as well. Very few evenings go by that we don't see you, and the dogs on our television. I happened upon your site by accident, but I am glad that I did. It's good to know that you are a 'real person,' :-) who is actively involved in fire safety education. My son is enamored with all things firefighter. I'm not a firefighter, but because of his passion for it, we've gotten involved in our local FF community. Sam has become a regular fixture around several of the stations in our area. He has gotten to do things like riding in an engine, manning a hose at a training fire, and being in parade."

Sam's dad started a blog for him and it is really incredible! Visit Sam's site at . You will be amazed at Sam's adventures! Kudos to Todd and Sam for becoming involved with their local fire departments!

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