Frankie the Firetruck is excited to see the kindergartners visit him, but he notices some of the kids are afraid. What will frankie do to help?

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Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 6:44

Fire Truck Tour Excerpt:

Frankie the fire truck rested outside the firehouse.  Sunlight sparkled on his bright red sides.  Frankie hadn’t been that vibrant in a while, and he was loving it!  He had been polished and shined inside and out.  Today, Frankie was going to have a group of kindergarteners on board for a tour.  The fire truck felt honored.  He wanted the kids to feel safe, knowing that he was always ready to help.  Frankie watched the road as car after car passed by.  He hoped he would see a bus soon.  And then, he saw it.  The bright yellow bus turned into the fire station parking lot.  One by one the little kindergartners carefully stepped down the gigantic steps, one at a time.  The adults held their hands to help the little ones with this task. As all the children reached the ground, the adults settled them into a line, and they waited for instructions.

 

Frankie beeped a friendly hello, and then a couple of the kindergartners began to cry.  The fire truck felt surprised. He thought that all kids loved to see a fire truck.  Then Frankie noticed quite a few of them were holding their ears. In his excitement, the fire truck had forgotten how loud he could be.  He decided that he would try to be as quiet as he could.  Frankie watched the kindergartners and saw that some were jumping up and down, feeling excited to see him.  Some of the kids were smiling, feeling happy and content.  Some of the kids stepped up on their tippy toes, and peeked around the people in front of them.  They tried to see as much of the fire truck as they could and still be in line.  These kindergartners were definitely a curious bunch.  Then there were a few who were hiding behind the adults, and grasping their hands tightly, feeling scared.   This was definitely an interesting group, with many different needs.

 

The fire truck opened his doors and the kindergartners walked over with their teachers.  Right away the firemen all said hello, and began to talk about the fire truck.  The curious ones asked: 

 

“How fast can Frankie go?” “How much water can the fire truck carry?” “Is there a dog that rides the fire truck?”

 

The excited ones said: “I have a toy fire truck at home!”  “My favorite book has a fire truck in it!”  “I’m going to drive a fire truck when I grow up!”

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