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The Fire Cat [Paperback]

Esther Averill
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Sept. 7 1983 I Can Read! - Level 1
Pickles is a young cat with big paws and big plans. But all he can find to do is chase other cats, until he is adopted by the local firehouse.

Knowing that this is his chance to do big things, Pickles works hard to be a good fire cat. He learns to jump on a fire truck. He learns to help put out a fire, and he even helps out in a rescue!

Beginning readers will cheer when Pickle's dream finally comes true.


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"Quiet, captivating text...precise, beautiful watercolor illustrations...a lovely story with lots of child appeal." -- -- School Library Journal --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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Pickles is a young cat with big paws and big plans. But all he can find to do is chase other cats, until he is adopted by the local firehouse.

Knowing that this is his chance to do big things, Pickles works hard to be a good fire cat. He learns to jump on a fire truck. He learns to help put out a fire, and he even helps out in a rescue!

Beginning readers will cheer when Pickle's dream finally comes true.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Children's Book July 18 2009
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is the first "real" book with chapters and full pages of text that my ds has read by himself. The story of a troublesome homeless cat who finds a home and a purpose at the firehouse after he is rescued from a tree in a rain storm. His life comes full circle when he rescues a cat too far out on a thin branch during his duty as fire cat.

A classic children's easy reader. A wonderful, wholesome story that does not show any signs of ageing. One has a feeling that the story is not happening today but rather than feeling old-fashioned it has the air of a very small town about it. Averill's artwork is a joy. Done in red, yellow and black they suit the text wonderfully. I always find it very satisfying when the author has also done the illustrations. Again, the illustrations feel more small town-ish than they do old-fashioned except for that little black corded phone which turns up in a few pictures near the end. Ds enjoyed reading the book, often wanting to read more than his required number of daily pages. He's very fond of animal stories and this one didn't disappoint.

The "An I Can Read Book" series has been around since the mid to late fifties and has in recent times started to be reprinted under the name of "I Can Read!". Many of the old titles are being reprinted under the new series name as of course are new ones, but it is the old titles, one should seek out. The reading level is much more consistent and the authors are some of the greats in children's literature. Esther Averill's The Fire Cat is a book that will never go out of print and is highly recommended as a read aloud to preschool children and as a first reader for children of any age (it is not too babyish for older struggling readers) who are ready to read at this level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing! March 24 2008
Format:Paperback
This book was read to me every single time I would visit my grandparents as a child. I would insist upon it, in fact. The story is brilliant, the writing is simple but enjoyable and the artwork is fabulous. As a kid, I thought "Pickles" was a pretty neat name for a cat, and decided that my very first cat would be named after the cat in this book.

I own the copy that belonged to my Uncle and every now and then I take it out and read it. My cat, is even named Pickles, although she's not yellow with spots. But she does have big paws.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly charming April 14 2004
By Sardan
Format:Paperback
I had a most unusual experience recently with this book. I was browsing at a local children's bookstore (sorry, Amazon!) when I saw this book on the shelf. A thrill of recognition shot through me like a bolt of lightning! This book had been one of my favorites (...).
I immediately purchased it, and read it to my kids. Have you ever had fond memories of something from your childhood, but found out when you revisited it as an adult that it didn't hold up over the years? Luckily, that is NOT the case with The Fire Cat--this book is every bit as wonderful today as it was 40 years ago.
The illustrations deserve comment. Esther Averill was amazingly deft in her illustrations of cats; anyone who has owned a cat will appreciate the subtle perfection of the way she captures the poses of the cat in various situations. Yet her illustrations of the people and objects in the story are pretty crude. They don't have the obvious charm of Maurice Sendak's work, or the zany energy of Dr. Seuss. But I assure you the illustrations will captivate any young reader as the perfect companions for the text.
And what a text! It is elegant and beautifully structured, yet it's so simple and straightforward that any preschooler can easily follow along. Pickles, the main character, starts off as a bit of a bully, but by the end he has completely redeemed himself and is a hero. I especially like that the good things that happen to Pickles don't just happen by chance, as they do in so many other children's stories--Pickles actually works hard to better himself.
This book is truly a classic. If your budget permits, spring for the library binding. I guarantee that if you get it for your kids, they will someday be reading it to their own kids!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My childhood depended on it! Aug. 13 2003
Format:Paperback
I had a flashback to this book the other day. Who could forget Pickles the cat with big paws and big things to do... I bought it and read it to my niece and nephew. JOY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adding to the chorus of praise Aug. 9 2002
By A Customer
Format:Library Binding
This is one of my top childhood favorites as well. I purchased a newer copy for my son, but have saved my own copy because the memories are so fond. It's not just for cat people, either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Cat Club Book May 17 2002
Format:Paperback
Anyone who enjoyed this book should know that there are twelve more Cat Club books (some are novels!), most quite charming. Unfortunately, they are all out of print, but are well worth searching for.
This is the easiest-to-read volume in the sage, and the story is very appealing. The art is not Averill's best; her cat illustrations are usually simple and darling, but here she attempts to draw more human characters and difficult perspectives and the results are a bit awkward. Kids don't mind too much, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper! Feb. 20 2002
Format:Library Binding
My not quite 3 year old son discovered this book in the preschool library and ADORES it. This year his birthday party is at a fire station, and although they probably won't have a fire cat there, he will have one at home forever more when he opens the gift of his very own copy of Fire Cat.
Unlike other reviewers, I never heard of this book and at first thought it was kind of boring..as I read and reread it to my son, I discovered the beauty in the story and understand why he is so taken with it!
It will be wonderful to keep this in his permanent library and remind him of it someday when he has a child of his own!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true American Hero
Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration, but Fire Cat was one of the first books I read as a child. I was thrilled when I found a beat-up copy at a garage sale a few years ago,... Read more
Published on April 19 2001 by Mark J. Pescatrice
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant memories, warm fuzzies
This book was my little brother's favorite. He ALWAYS wanted "Fire Cat! Fire Cat!"
This book is fun for kids because it sets up a strange situation-- a fire CAT,... Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2000 by lovelylinguist
5.0 out of 5 stars I searched for years for this treasure
I am in tears. I have spent 8 years trying to find this book with no luck until tonight. I have a daughter who will be turning 7 soon and I want to get this book in the hopes... Read more
Published on Dec 17 1999 by Nise Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is still my favorite book from chidhood!
This was one of the first books I ever read on my own! I am ateacher now. As I began building my library for my students, Isimply had to have this book! Read more
Published on July 13 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars One of THE classic early reader books
This is the first book I can clearly recall reading on my own (I'm 39). My Dad used to read it to me, and one day I read it to him. Read more
Published on May 25 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book!
The series of books about Jenny and her friends were always my favorites as a child. I remember as a middle school student secretly returning to the younger readers' section of... Read more
Published on Feb. 7 1999
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