What I loved: The Stanley series is so fantastic for toddlers with recognizable characters, simple stories, and brightly colored illustrations. The amount of text on each page is perfect for short attention spans, and the delightful illustrations are simple but with enough detail to keep children engaged. It is so helpful for toddlers and preschoolers to have characters they recognize across books, and I love that these adorable animals (e.g. Stanley, Little Woo) appear in multiple books. Toddlers will be excited to see familiar faces in new situations.
Whether a child is already a fan of firefighters or not yet, this story is filled with helping other people and having fun, while also getting the work done and taking care of his fire engine. There is also some extra fun with a page you turn to see the tall ladder and a padded cover that it makes it a fun book to snuggle up with. The font is nice and large, making it easy to read aloud, and the repetition of words combined with simple phrasing are perfect for a young audience.
Final verdict: This book is a perfect way to talk about firefighting and sequential events. With bright colors, simple phrasing, and delightful characters, STANLEY'S FIRE ENGINE is another slam-dunk from this charming series. Highly recommend for toddlers and preschoolers.