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New York's Bravest

by Mary Pope Osborne

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Genre: Legend
Age Appropriateness: Primary/ Intermediate
Review: This book is a good example of a legend because the story combines historical events and figures with the supernatural. The main character, Mose Humphrey, was a legend New York City firefighter in the 1840s. Legends about this character grew to larger-than-life and became a piece of traditional literature. In this book, Mose is introduced and revealed through the feats he conquered.
Media: This book is a good example of ink and wash media. The ink is used to outline the painting then filled with watercolor wash. The colors blend nicely inside the precise and clean lines.
Characterization: Mose Humphrey is a static character because his personality doesn't change throughout the events. He remains courageous and positive through the pages. ( )
  awidmer06 | Oct 7, 2008 |
This retelling of Mose Humphreys has all the characteristics of a tall tale. Mose is described as being eight feet tall with hands as big as Virginia hams. He was so strong his huge arms could swim the Hudson River in two strokes. He could lift trolley cars, jump from burning ladders, save babies in his stovepipe hat, and eat mountains of beans and eggs. The legend of Mose is based on a real New York fireman in 1848.

The legend of Mose represents all firefighters throughout history. This specific retelling by Osborne is dedicated in “memory of the 343 New City firefighters who gave their lives to save others on September 11, 2001”. Osborne tells “as workers fled the burning World Trade Center towers, New York’s fighters rushed toward the danger”--just as Mose did in the hotel fire where he allegedly perished. ( )
  marciaskidslit | Aug 16, 2008 |
Genre ~ Historical Fiction ~ Not only does this picture do a good job of showing the job of a firefighter, but it also takes readers back in time to experience firefighting from a different century. The illustrations help readers picture what it was like to fight fires centuries ago. Everything presented in this book is accurate and realistic to the time period portrayed.

Character ~ The main character is based loosely on a real life New York firefighter who risked his life to save others. The way Osborne created Mose, readers are able get a better idea of the real hero. Mose is likeable and believable allowing the readers to relate to him either through personal experience so simply through feelings. Mose is the farthest thing from a flat character, and even though readers do no notice a change, he is a round character.

Media ~ Oil paintings ( )
  bdiebner | Feb 19, 2008 |
Fun story about Mose, a fire-fighter in New York City. (This story is dedicated to the fire-fighters who gave their lives on September 11th). When Mose disappears, the fire-fighters realize that his spirit is within themselves!
  jcardwell04 | Dec 1, 2007 |
The illustrations in this story are absolutely amazing. They are very well crafted and make the story very engaging. They also help bring the setting into the story and give the plot action. This story is a good example of a historical fiction, because it goes through the life and work of firefighters in the 1800’s. ( )
  sharmon05 | Nov 6, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375821961, Hardcover)

Mary Pope Osborne (of Magic Tree House fame) honors the 343 firefighters who died on September 11 by retelling a 19th-century legend about another heroic NYC blaze battler.

Eight-feet-tall with "hands as big as Virginia hams," Mose Humphreys cuts a classic tall-tale figure, lifting trolley cars over his head and rescuing babies inside a stovepipe hat. And, echoing the World Trade Center attacks, "when others ran away from danger, Mose ran toward it." New York's Bravest follows the firefighting exploits of the mythic Mose and "his boys" in dramatic, near-theatrical spreads, right up to a fateful hotel fire near the Hudson: "All night, Mose ran in and out of the building, rescuing bankers, bakers, shoemakers, dressmakers, preachers, and politicians." But when the smoke clears, Mose is nowhere to be found. His fellows nervously hope that he's simply disappeared to drive a mule team in the Dakotas or to mine gold in California. But no, an old-timer later surmises, "Truth is, Mose is right here. He's marchin' with us in our parades. He's kickin' up his heels at our fancy dances.... And whenever we climb our ladders toward a blazing sky, he climbs with us."

Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher ably carry the alternating spectacle and pathos in New York's Bravest with colorful, outlandishly staged paintings. And while Pope Osborne's solemnity can border on maudlin (not surprising for a tribute), she ultimately succeeds in honoring our common potential for hope and simple courage, with the understanding that, while the bravery of one fancifully gifted individual might not be all that remarkable, the bravery of many--on and after September 11--certainly is.) (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:45:10 -0400)

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Tells of the heroic deeds of the legendary New York firefighter, Mose Humphreys.

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