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The Fire Cat (I Can Read Level 1) Paperback – Illustrated, September 7, 1983
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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.
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Illustrated edition (September 7, 1983)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 64 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0064440389
- ISBN-13 : 978-0064440387
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : 490L
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 3
- Item Weight : 4.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.19 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #44,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I don't know why, but I started thinking about the book and looked it up, I purchased two copies to send to a grandson and to two of my great-grandchildren. Not only is this book easy to read, but it has a message that young ones pick up on. It is a great book that should be in every young child's library. It is a 'take to bed' book!
Don't think that that name makes it sweetish. It's a v. matter-of-fact tale of a cat who is not bad, but not good either, but wants to do big things, persists in trying to learn to become a good fire house cat, and ultimately manages to do so.
Now it's my son's little girl who likes the book.
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But Pickles was my pick of the bunch. There are some stories, so simply written that the story is undisguised and shines. And this is my abiding memory of this book. Three decades on, I feel the following bit contains the most realistic passage than any children's book for this age should have:
"Pickles, you are not a bad cat.
You are not a good cat.
You are good and bad.
And bad and good.
You are a mixed up cat
What you need is a good home.
Then you will be good."
And this notorious cat chaser gets rescued by the fire service, finds a home with them, learns responsibility and completes his life circle...
Perhaps it is the inherent quality of tale that my daughter asked for a repeat as soon as I first read it to her.