In 1904 the city of Baltimore was almost destroyed by a fire that raged out of control. Hundreds of firemen, policemen, soldiers and citizens battled the blaze for almost three days. By the time the fire ended, over 100 acres of land had been burned and more than two thousand businesses were destroyed.
The disaster brings out the best in man and the bravest of deeds but one hero stands head and shoulders above all - literally.
Goliath is a fire horse assigned to Engine Company 15. Goliath is massive in size (weighing one ton) and mighty in heart and steadfastness. To the men of Engine Company 15, he is known as the ultimate fire horse. He is the lead horse for the team assigned to pulling the mammoth Hale Water Tower No. 1.
When the fire alarm sounds, calling them to action, Goliath leads his team into the blaze. Soon his lifesaving actions will lead him into the pages of history.
Accompanied by masterful artwork from acclaimed illustrator Troy Howell, local author and teacher Claudia Friddell brings this true story from Baltimore's past to vivid, pulse-pounding life.
Complement your reading with the Goliath coloring sheet and (active as of May 21, 2010) a downloadable 23-page teaching guide (requires Adobe Reader).