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Vincent Paints His House
Three Little Firefighters
by Stuart J. Murphy
This is the story about three little firefighters getting ready to march in a parade. The only problem is, the do not have any buttons on their coats. What will they do? The parade is about to start!
Resources for Three Little Firefighters:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)
How will the 3 little firefighters find three matching sets of buttons? Find out how they sort it out!
Math Connections:
Sorting Counting
Activities to Do Together: Ask your child to:
 Explain what the problem was that the little firefighters solved and how they solved it.
 Gather natural items from outside or around the house and take turns sorting them in different ways
Extension Questions:

How did the little firefighters end up solving their problem?

What are some of the ways the children tried sorting the buttons?

How would you solve the problem the children had: no matching buttons
Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts
circles, four, large, less than, medium, sets, shape, size, small, sort, three