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Mabel and the Fire

A story of a boy and his puppy who lose their home in a wildfire. This book helps children identify and name their feelings through Mabel the puppy’s emotions — fear, confusion, sadness, boredom. And, finally, they arrive at a place where they feel safe and loved. By supporting children through difficult experiences, we can help them become resilient and grow stronger. Written by local Douglas County author Alison Hinson.

Author: Alison Hinson
Illustrated By: Erin Taylor
Year of Publishing: 2020
Number of Pages: 26

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  1. Lindsay (verified owner)

    A nicely done book.

  2. pauljohnsonbend (verified owner)

    An enjoyable fable with an important message of resilience.

  3. Blane Williams (verified owner)

    This was a good book. I probably would’ve just added a little more clarification about when they left their house. It wasn’t clear the house burned until they disclosed they were staying at the shelter. Very good book otherwise. Very clear and easy to follow for children and very relatable.

  4. Dianne Cain (verified owner)

    It was very sad for four-year-old but it did have a happy ending at the end.

  5. swaller (verified owner)

    Two thumbs up! My daughter loved this book!

  6. Reanna Klinke (verified owner)

    My daughter and I read this book and she loves it.

  7. 1130 (verified owner)

    Although this book is sad, it hits real hard when I’m sitting at home reading it to my daughter while we can see wildfire smoke outside our living room window. I think this book helps kids somewhat understand natural disasters and how to cope.

  8. Jenny Nunn (verified owner)

    Such a good book. Love the illustrations and the way the puppy feels all the feelings a child may feel going through the trauma of a house fire!

  9. Jess_Note (verified owner)

    A great book to support young children through traumatic experiences with smoke and fire.

  10. chelseawolff (verified owner)

    We have been talking a lot about wildfires with our 2 year old as there have been quite a few near us and it has been impacting our day to day activities and not being able to play outside or go on walks. So this has been a great resource to accompany our discussions about it. I did have to modify it a bit as I was reading to make it more digestible and age appropriate for my toddler but overall it was a great book to show the devastating impact that wildfires can have.

  11. Lacey Kress (verified owner)

    Was a very enjoyable book. Thank you

  12. MrsCastle (verified owner)

    Alison Hinson does a nice job of taking a scary, stressful, and traumatic experience and showing that things will be okay in the end. Unfortunately, fires are becoming more and more common in Oregon, so it is nice that there is a resource for young children.

  13. JaimeHock (verified owner)

    I enjoyed Mabel and the Fire. It has been a timely and helpful addition to my book library that I utilize when working with children and adolescents. This book really helped disentangle, identify, and validate some emotional responses to wildfires that have been more devastating and more prominent in our and neighboring communities. This book has helped make working through the potential trauma of experiencing a wildfire more concrete and tangible to work through and address.

  14. Towne1991 (verified owner)

    This book was wonderful! I really appreciate it the warnings in further clarification at the beginning of the book.

  15. taylormdavis (verified owner)

    Such a sweet book with a great lesson.

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