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The Fire Cat by Esther Averill
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Jul 01, 2011

Many level one readers are awkward for read-alouds but not The Fire Cat! With its engaging text superbly supported by simple but effective illustrations this title works for both early readers and younger children too. Why would a yellow and black spotted cat make trouble and chase other cats? Because he hasn't yet found his life's work! Pickles is a stray who needs to have his prodigious gifts channeled into meaningful activity. Mrs. Goodkind recognizes his potential and arranges for him to be adopted by the local firehouse. Next thing you know, Pickles is a model cat-citizen. Within a limited color palette and using expressionistic perspective, author and illustrator Esther Averill tells the story of a cat who is both bad and good and for whom readers can cheer as he takes charge of his destiny.
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