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The Fire Station

The Fire Station

Written by Robert Munsch.

Illustrated by Michael Martchenko.

Published by Annick Press, 1992.

The Fire Station was a story that I made up in a daycare centre in Coos Bay, Oregon.

The children in the story, Michael Villamore and Sheila Prescott, were both kids in the daycare centre – they were always getting into trouble. In the middle of one night Michael got up and washed all the windows in his house; only he used bug spray instead of window cleaner. All the windows got absolutely sticky and the mother woke up and thought she was dying.

Once they asked me to make up a story about them and I made up the fire station story. Now in fact, we used to take the daycare centre to the fire station once every couple of months. Michael and Sheila loved to sit on the front of the fire truck. So it made a great deal of sense to them that they should be in a story about a fire station.

The fire station shown in the story is one in downtown Toronto.

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