Author: Margaret Fetty
Age Group: 7-12
Horses were once important members of fire departments all around the world. In Fire Horses, young
readers will read true stories of horses helping to battle fires and learn how these four-legged firefighters
were trained to work alongside humans. Kids will follow heroic horses as they race to fires at top speed
and save lives, often while transporting equipment that was too heavy for humans to carry. Packed with
high-action narratives of real-life fire horses in action, this book is sure to captivate all readers, including
aspiring firefighters. Fire Horses is part of Bearport’s Horse Power series.
Review of Fire Horses and Hollywood Horses: Bursting with kid appeal, these titles chronicle the use of
horses in fighting fires and filming. Pages disseminate information with a paragraph of easy-to-read text;
generous, clear photographs; and fun facts, highlighted by borders and a horse icon. Fetty offers a history
lesson in the advancement of techniques for fighting fires, focusing mainly on the second half of the
1800s, when horsepower was used. Readers are enlightened about the daily life of a fire horse, including
training, dangers, and retirement. The second book introduces celebrities such as Silver, Trigger, and
Mister Ed and provides unusual facts about the challenges of making movies with large, four-legged
creatures. Readers also learn about the commitment of the American Humane Society to ensure the
safety of all equine actors. These books add a unique twist to a subject already popular.
Review of Fire Horses and Hollywood Horses: Fire offers true tales of how horses were used to save lives
before the advent of motorized equipment; Hollywood discusses the roles horses have played in the film
industry, from the advent of silent pictures to modern cinema.... the two-page sections are easy to read.
Many photographs accompany the texts.