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.

26 pages. ©2020.
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Reader Reviews for this Book

Jan Diamantine

Review posted February 26, 2021


This came at a great time as my daughter and her family are survivors of the Beachie Creek Fire in Gates, OR. They evacuated twice that night and the last time to my home in Lebanon, OR. I read the book to the 4 year old then their Mom read it to her other 2 children. It was very well written and we all loved Mabel.


Review posted February 15, 2021


This is a great book for Early Childhood Educators to share with the families they work with in Southern Oregon, due to the 2020 fires and the many displaced familes and their pets. A positive and empowering book that helps identify emotions from the trauma, and gives ideas for parents on how to handle this and be positive with their family.


Review posted February 14, 2021


Our kids loved this book. Great, and realistic for the time our friends and neighbors are going through.

Diane Smith

Review posted February 12, 2021


This book was very helpful for addressing trauma associated with unknown feelings and how to deal with them. The parental instructions, at the beginning of the book, were highly intuitive on how each child might perceive the contents of the book as they read or hear the book being read to them.


Review posted February 9, 2021


This is such a cute book. After surviving evacuation from the Slater Fire this summer, I find a great need to share this book with as many children as I can.

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Review posted January 29, 2021


A prescient book for the wildfire aftermath and the pandemic. I read this separately to both my 8 and 4 year old grandsons, and followed up with a discussion. The 8 year old appreciated the highlighted vocabulary words (he read with help) and the ease of reading for him. The 4 year old (who doesn't read) loved that the book featured a dog that reminded him of his own. The fact that a dog was used instead of a child to convey a story of loss and fear during a tragedy was excellent. The boys both thought about the dog's feelings and talked about their own. It is an excellent way of dealing with problems for children, and I especially liked the author's helpful hints in the front of the book. The pandemic has definitely taken its toll on children (or the Corona Pirates as my grandson calls it), and this book provides a way for children to express those feelings of loss that they may have.


Review posted January 26, 2021


Bless this therapist! We've been there (lived through a wildfire) and also have wildland firefighters in our family so we are attuned to fire news. Read this to our 4-year-old and was amazed at the questions he had about it - had no idea some of the things being processed about fire and smoke and losses in that little brain. The book was simple and brought enough detail to hint at the scariness without dwelling in it or glorifying it. Perfect tone. Helpful.


Review posted January 25, 2021


It is a great way to get students to talk about emotions.


Review posted January 17, 2021


Loved this children’s book thank you so much there were so many connections as we were effected by wild fires this year.

Amie Thompson

Review posted January 12, 2021


This book is an awesome addition to our classroom. The kids loved it and got a lot out of it!


Review posted January 8, 2021


Charming and insightful, cannot wait to read this to my very young grandchildren who saw the smoke and must have had many questions without the words. Such a touching story with professional understanding of a child's mind. Especially, appreciated the first pages of instructions.


Review posted December 26, 2020


Super cute kids book. Helps kids understand the hard times some people go through during a wildfire.


Review posted December 14, 2020


This book was moving and really touches the heart with its message of being able to have so many feelings around multitudes of change and disaster. But also that it is okay to move on and be thankful for what you do have.


Review posted December 14, 2020


Such a timely book in light of the recent wildfires and so many Oregon families being displaced! This book names feelings for children and lets them know it's ok to be angry and scared, while reassuring them although things may never be the same again, they can get better.