© Kersten Hamilton 2009, Illustrations copyright © R.W. Alley 2009
Three police officers head to the station wearing their civilian clothes. They get dressed, "Uniforms! Badge! Radio! Police officers, getting ready to go!" Now in uniform, they charge out the door with Officer Carl on traffic patrol, Officer Jan on mounted patrol and Officer Mike on crime patrol.
Sergeant Santole radios each of the officers as the need arises to get a "situation under control." First, a traffic jam is caused by two squirrels tampering with a street light.
Kersten Hamilton's Police Officers on Patrol is a delightful story told in rhyme. However, it is the combinatition of R.W. Alley's illustrations that elevated this very cute library book to a required purchase for our home in 2009. Alley has included many details in his illustrations for kids to pour over - an eager little police dog that keeps getting underfoot, a red balloon that floats away from a baby and reappears throughout the story. There are many details that we didn't even notice until having read the book for several years. Study the illustration of the traffic jam carefully. You will glimpse some of the characters who are later woven into the story. For instance, you can spot the men who will rob the bank hiding in the back of a truck and the little tyke who will become lost, riding in a car with his mother.
Pair Police Officers on Patrol with Fireman Small by Wong Herbert Yee for a fun introduction to public servants for your preschooler.