The Fire Cat by Esther AverillThe Fire Cat by Esther Averill

The Fire Cat

byEsther Averill

Paperback | September 7, 1983

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Pickles the fire cat to the rescue!

Pickles is a young cat with big paws who wishes to do big things with them! When he's adopted by the local firehouse, 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 as Pickles gets his wish and finds something big to do with his paws. With sweet illustrations from author-illustrator Esther Averill, this Level One I Can Read book is perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.


Esther Averill is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the well-known Cat Club stories about Jenny Linsky and her friends.
Title:The Fire CatFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.19 inPublished:September 7, 1983Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064440389

ISBN - 13:9780064440387

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Children's Book 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.
Date published: 2009-07-18

From Our Editors

In this book of the 'I Can Read Book' series, living at Hook & Ladder Co. 7 is hard work for a cat. But when Pickles is adopted by the people at the firehouse, this little cat makes big plans: to be the best fire cat ever.

Editorial Reviews

"Quiet, captivating text...precise, beautiful watercolor illustrations...a lovely story with lots of child appeal." (School Library Journal)