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

Annalesezamora

Review posted September 20, 2021

5

My daughter absolutely loved this book and it was so much fun reading it to her.

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Review posted September 20, 2021

5

After the wildfires that impacted Douglas county there were so many emotions to process and this book did it in a way that was easy to understand but not scary. The illustrations were well done and really captured the smoke without flames. Even my younger kids could identify how Mabel was feeling with the clear facial expressions. Very relevant and very well done!

Maria4878

Review posted September 17, 2021

5

This is such a sweet book. My little guy loved it. The images in the book were fantastic.

astuart

Review posted September 12, 2021

4

Really sweet and important book. Helpful for young children dealing with a major change and scary events.

Andienicole

Review posted September 8, 2021

4

A well written book that truly helped to explain the disaster in which we all experienced last year.

kdennis

Review posted September 6, 2021

4

A great resource to support children and families during a traumatic event. Stories can be a powerful tool.

Seacro07

Review posted August 27, 2021

5

This book was excellent for discussing emotions and frightening situations to our child.

Tanyasan

Review posted August 26, 2021

5

I am a behavior specialist working with families, and I ordered this book for 2 young children with developmental disabilities who lost their home in the southern Oregon Almeda fire last September. It was so helpful for them, and their mom is very grateful. Thank you, Select Books!

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Review posted August 6, 2021

5

It was a cute book and well written. The message was age appropriate and the message could be applied to real life challenges.

Toby Abraham-Rhine

Review posted July 31, 2021

4

“Mabel and the Fire” is sensitively written for K-2 audiences. I am adding this to my collection of books for my school counseling office. It has the advantage of allowing a family pet to experience the loss of her home. Using an animal gives children a one-step removal to relate to Mabel’s loss instead of focusing on a human. For many of my students, especially young ones, they feel safer experiencing the loss with an animal or an inanimate object. This story will be a nice starting place for working with children who have experienced any kind of a loss. The only reason I give it four stars is that the text missed the opportunity to let the audience know that what Mabel was feeling is perfectly normal and that it is okay to not feel okay. Like many other foibles in life, we need to bring grief out of the darkness and into the light. Children need to know it is normal and part of life so we can help them learn to express their grief and heal.

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Review posted July 27, 2021

4

It is a great book for children

EmilyBrunkhorst

Review posted July 22, 2021

5

This book was excellent! Your family has been through many ups and downs and this has been very helpful for the small children to express their emotions. I am so grateful!

fons

Review posted July 22, 2021

5

This book is GREAT! The focus on emotion words in a cute and loveable character make SEL conversations very accessible to students in younger grades. I also love that this book is written by a local author (yay Oregon!) and dives into hard conversations about equity and hardship in the wake of a natural disaster. This is a very real issue that students have lived through and have mixed feelings about and Mabel and the Fire is a great conversation starter for even the youngest learner! 10/10!

Lacey Henneke

Review posted July 21, 2021

5

I love how a dog is used to express how scary traumatic events can be.

HeidiVenture

Review posted July 21, 2021

5

This book is so timely for our kids. My grand kid in particular. The book tells the story of a dog and his boy who are evacuated due to wildfire, which is exactly what happened to my grandson last summer! Including the dog, and going to grandma's house. This book is a great way to talk about the scariness of the fire and displacement, and it ends with hope.

daniderrick

Review posted July 20, 2021

5

Wonderful book for bringing about the impacts of wildfires.

chasteenbrazil

Review posted July 18, 2021

5

Good children’s book my little boy liked it

aaronwilder13

Review posted July 16, 2021

4

Fun read. My kiddos love this book

amercier

Review posted June 28, 2021

5

This is a very sweet short book. The illustrations are very well done, and I like that the feelings words are bolded and easy to identify. This is a good book to teach my child in a safe way how to deal with big emotions and change.

jjwright77

Review posted June 19, 2021

5

Good book. Kids liked it.

Khornstuen

Review posted June 3, 2021

4

A good book for very young children to understand that after a loss, things can get back to normal.

nursejane52

Review posted June 1, 2021

5

It was a cute story

JJDittmer

Review posted June 1, 2021

5

Loved it! Great book to help kids relate to their feelings.

Kowen84

Review posted May 23, 2021

5

Loved it! Loved the vocabulary it uses for kids

Nstein910

Review posted May 21, 2021

4

This was a helpful read and great for students who had experienced fire loss.

Valeria Jacome

Review posted May 10, 2021

5

Great book! This book is written in a simple language where kids or students who have gone through tragic events can relate but also understand that after such events, they will be ok. By reading this books, students are also able to understand that they will be safe and that there are people to take care of them. The book speaks in the perspective of Mabel the dog, but Mabel is shown to express the feelings of which students can relate to and allows them to understand that even though somethings may not be the same, they get better.

apittam13

Review posted May 10, 2021

5

My children loved this book. They have related this book to the local fires that happened last summer 2020 here in Douglas County.

Firechild94

Review posted May 1, 2021

5

This book helped my kids learn to heal from losing their houses from the fires.

MicaelaKeller

Review posted April 30, 2021

5

Great story!

jklarr

Review posted April 29, 2021

5

This book is so cute, and I enjoyed reading it to my daughter. Thank you

npautsch

Review posted April 25, 2021

5

Received the book Mabel after a recommendation from a friend. She thought it would be good for our grandchildren who were evacuated during last fall's wildfire in Oregon. My friend was correct. It's a great book for younger kids. Our daughter in law liked it so much that she's passing it on to her daughter's kindergarten teacher to use in class. Thank you for making this book available.

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Review posted April 22, 2021

5

After the Oregon fires last year, I was excited about a book where my kids could explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences when a fire claims their home. Although we were safe from the fires, this story helped my children build connections and open discussions about experiences with natural disasters. Highly recommend!

Program Director

Review posted April 13, 2021

5

We read this book to our preschool class. The children were very engaged throughout the story. It sparked conversations about what the children went through during the recent forest fires and evacuating with their families, allowing them to vocally express what they went through and share with their friends.

clambarth

Review posted April 12, 2021

5

I love the story and text that highlights the range of different emotions that can go along with the experience of displacement from wild fires. The illustrations are colorful and show the expressions well too. A great read for adults and children to make some sense of and navigate natural disaster hardships.

Taher

Review posted April 8, 2021

5

My daughter loves this book. She is 3 and has talked about this book numerous times since reading it. It helps to read a story about a difficult situation that a child can understand. I'm so happy that you mail books for children.

sweety95838

Review posted April 5, 2021

5

This is a great book my son loved it and was very interested

rainynavarro

Review posted March 30, 2021

5

This book was touching. Having been one of the many who could only watch in horror as the fire destroyed homes and moved closer and closer to town, it brought back a lot of emotions and feelings that I had last summer. As a preschool teacher, this is a great resource to help children get through such an event and name and identify their own feelings.

Joselynmireles

Review posted March 23, 2021

5

I really enjoyed this book and it was really intriguing for my daughter as well. It's definitely a book that can be used in a classroom when needed to help students learn to identify their feelings.

Jnicholson411

Review posted March 23, 2021

5

Excellent children's book to aid in social-emotional learning and help children name and identify their feelings. I am a preschool teacher and I use this in the classroom and at home with my two-year-old daughter.

Angie Lamie

Review posted March 20, 2021

5

This book was a kid friendly way to work through experiences with losing a home due to fire. This book can also be used by parents on how to help their child with their loss. It was well written and i want to see what this author will wrote next.

DaphneMalpass

Review posted March 13, 2021

5

This book is so cute! I like that it doesn't end with them getting to go back to their house, because as we all know, that's not always the case. It teaches kids that even though things aren't the same anymore, as long as you're safe it'll be okay.

Mferrill

Review posted March 4, 2021

5

What a great read for kids who experience fear, loss, and worry. A story from Mabel's point of view allows children to relate and encourages their sense of empathy. The focus on trusting that no matter what happens, when you have people who care about you, everything will be okay.

Jan Diamantine

Review posted February 26, 2021

5

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.

JulieAnne2

Review posted February 15, 2021

5

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.

kwalker

Review posted February 14, 2021

5

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

5

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.

angiedgraves

Review posted February 9, 2021

5

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

5

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.

nancyracoon

Review posted January 26, 2021

5

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.

edithh.esmeralda

Review posted January 25, 2021

5

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

gaylesetsuko

Review posted January 17, 2021

5

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

5

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

patriciahyatt

Review posted January 8, 2021

5

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.

Jkeniston95

Review posted December 26, 2020

5

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

kleroy92

Review posted December 14, 2020

5

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.

AmandaAdams

Review posted December 14, 2020

5

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.