Rhiân Williams and Tom Jellett – Emergency! Emergency! – Vehicles to the Rescue

Published by Wild Dog, Australia, 2022

One of the many debates in education circles is the issue of core knowledge. Is there a set of facts that everyone needs in our society? Or is it more important that young people learn how to find the information they need?

While opinions on this vary, it is certainly essential, I think, for children and adults to know how to contact their emergency services in times of trouble.

The excellent picture book Emergency! Emergency! Vehicles to the Rescue by Rhiân Williams and Tom Jellett (Wild Dog , Australia, 2022) provides just this information both via its simple clear text and through its bright and appealing illustrations.

Whilst paying homage to the excellent work of emergency service workers, it also provides facts about the range and scope of these services in Australia. Particularly important is the inclusion of the phone number to call in a crisis – counteracting the effect of ubiquitous US TV programs where a different number applies.

The book also shows us the varied scenarios that Australian services meet – everything from snake bite treatments by the Flying Doctor to horse riding accidents and missing hikers.

Now two years old, this is an important and useful publication for Australian children. Presented in the same eye-catching palette as the emergency vehicles which are the subject of this book, the book is a valuable asset in homes and schools.

Thank you to Rhiân for the review copy.