Fire safety education in an engaging storybook in English and Spanish.
“We currently serve areas of Hispanic culture, and integrate bilingual read-alouds. This book has both the English and Spanish which facilitates this process.”
CSA Head Start
“The illustrations are wonderful, and the little extras–smoke alarms on almost every page, the teddy bear in different spots, and the toys and other objects in the scenes–are excellent for vocabulary building.”
“Our students at Holy Childhood loved this story about Mikey! Mikey Makes A Mess presents a serious topic in an effective story format that is excellent for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and well as for their typical peers. The message was clear, the story was simple and the drawings were motivating for everyone!”
Mikey is a little boy who likes to leave his things exactly where he wants them—which means, in the middle of the floor. His parents aren’t too pleased. But then Mikey’s daddy leaves out something he shouldn’t – a packet of matches. Both of them learn there are some things that shouldn’t be left lying around.
In addition to the lesson that matches and lighters are adult tools only, the story is a gentle reminder that picking up clutter and keeping pathways clear is a good safety technique for all emergency preparedness. Illustrations reinforce the message that every home should have smoke alarms. Includes questions for kids, and extra safety information for parents.
FEMA recognized the importance of this book with an Assistance to Firefighters grant that printed more than 140,000 copies of Mikey Makes a Mess, distributed through hundreds of schools and day care programs, fire departments, libraries and community agencies nationwide.
Prevention 1st, a non-profit agency dedicated to injury prevention, includes Mikey Makes a Mess in many of its programs including After the Fire: The Teachable Moment. It also hosts an online edition of Mikey Makes a Mess with turnable pages, narrated in English and Spanish.