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    Default Looking for Old Children's Book

    Hopefully someone can help me out with this.

    I had a book when I was a kid about an old Ahrens-Fox type fire engine working one last fire. The basic premise was that the engine was kept at a large station with several other modern engines, but not used anymore. It was maintained by an older African-American FF who, like the engine, was still there but not allowed to respond. One night, a large fire comes in and everyone goes out except the old FF and the old engine. A little while later, another call comes in for a house fire, and since no one else is available, the old guy and engine respond and put the fire out. They get back right before the rest of the guys and everyone is telling the old guy how sorry they are that he can't do it anymore...then the family from the house fire shows up to thank him.

    Anyone know the name of this book and/or the author? I thought I had a copy around somewhere, but I can't find it.
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    I remeber that too, can't remember the name. I'll search amazon
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    BTT anyone Help?
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    Default Fire Engine Fred Saves the Day ?

    Fire Engine Fred Saves the Day

    Description: NEW Fred was a loyal, hard-working fire truck who loved his job, until he got old and was replaced by a younger, stronger fire engine. But Fred proved that he wasn't too old to be useful.........

    Is this it?

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    not the one i remember and am thinking about...but thanks
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    Dennis Smith wrote one around 1990

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    I remember a book call Old Engine Number 9 about an old engine and a firefighter. I believe it was from Golden Books. I'm not sure if that's the book you are talking about though.

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    That would be the book I'm talking about. Thanks for finding it Kevin. It's been almost 30 yrs since I read or seen that book.....LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper1803
    That would be the book I'm talking about. Thanks for finding it Kevin. It's been almost 30 yrs since I read or seen that book.....LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper1803
    I remember a book call Old Engine Number 9 about an old engine and a firefighter. I believe it was from Golden Books. I'm not sure if that's the book you are talking about though.
    Thanks!!!!!
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    huh ................both of those are new to me ! Good Job Kevin !
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    Thanks for all the responses, everyone, but unfortunately, none of those are the one I'm thinking of. It was more about the FF than the engine, and was written in a more serious fashion (I think it was for older children). The artwork was fairly good too. As I remember, the "old" engine was an Ahrens-Fox style and the newer engines were probably of a 1960s vintage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SafetyPro
    Hopefully someone can help me out with this.

    I had a book when I was a kid about an old Ahrens-Fox type fire engine working one last fire. The basic premise was that the engine was kept at a large station with several other modern engines, but not used anymore. It was maintained by an older African-American FF who, like the engine, was still there but not allowed to respond. One night, a large fire comes in and everyone goes out except the old FF and the old engine. A little while later, another call comes in for a house fire, and since no one else is available, the old guy and engine respond and put the fire out. They get back right before the rest of the guys and everyone is telling the old guy how sorry they are that he can't do it anymore...then the family from the house fire shows up to thank him.

    Anyone know the name of this book and/or the author? I thought I had a copy around somewhere, but I can't find it.
    The book you are looking for is called "The Bravest of All", and it was published around 1973 by Little Golden Books. I still have my copy of it, and it was my favorite book when I was a little fellow. Neat story and really realistic artwork.

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    And here you go if you want a copy:


    http://dogbert.abebooks.com/servlet/...est+of+All&x=0

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    Ya'll are making me want to go out & get these books and I don't even have kids!

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    Safetypro and others, I also found this site that not only has a picture of the book cover, but also has the entire transcript of the text:

    http://beta.communities.fr.msn.ca/Pa...vestofall.msnw

    Just talking about this old book makes me smile, because as I mentioned earlier, I really loved it when I was a kid. Also, it looks like the old Engine was a Seagrave, not an Fox

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyraider
    Ya'll are making me want to go out & get these books and I don't even have kids!
    I agree..................kinda feel gyped !
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    Quote Originally Posted by KnightnPBIArmor
    The book you are looking for is called "The Bravest of All", and it was published around 1973 by Little Golden Books. I still have my copy of it, and it was my favorite book when I was a little fellow. Neat story and really realistic artwork.
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