51e98vhz4XL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_The Firefighters’ Thanksgiving

A Picture Book by: Maribeth Boelts

Illustrated by:  Terry Widener

29 Pages


Calls to fires, an injured friend, and cooking disasters threaten to keep a group of firefighters from enjoying Thanksgiving dinner.

Possible Lessons / Morals to the Story:  

  • Firefighters (and other civil servants) work tirelessly,  even through holidays to keep us safe. 
  • Service is a great way to give thanks this season.
  • Thinking of others who can’t be with their families on Thanksgiving is a great way to express gratitude for what we have.

Discussion Questions:

  • Why were the firefighters not with their families on Thanksgiving?
  • What did they spend the night doing?  
  • What problems did they encounter?
  • Tell me about the firemen in this story, how do you think they felt?  
  • How do you think it would feel to have such a busy holiday?
  • What did the community members do to help?
  • What would you like someone to do for you if you couldn’t be home with family for Thanksgiving?
  • How can you help someone near you this holiday season?

How You Could Use this Resource:

  • To help a group/family come up with a holiday service project.
  • To illustrate how to think of others during holidays.
  • For another perspective on what people do on Thanksgiving.