Monday, January 24, 2011
This story tells about a wonderful fire horse named Goliath that became a hero. In 1904, the city of Baltimore is almost destroyed by a fire.Firemen, policemen, soldiers and citizens battled the blazed for three consecutive days. Goliath is the lead horse for the team assigned to pulling the mammoth Hale Water Tower No. 1. When the fire alarm sounds, Goliath leads his team into the blaze fearlessly.He stands firm while the buildings collapse around him and uses his intelligence and skills to take a 5-ton piece of fire-fighting equipment before the buildings come down. Goliath is badly burned in the blaze though returns to work 6 months later. For the rest of his life, he was honored for his acts of heroism.Illustrations done beautifully. Ages 5-8. Written by Claudia Friddell, illustrated by Troy Howell.