Pets to the Rescue: Dolores and the Big Fire (Ready to Read: Level One)

by Andrew Clements (Author) Ellen Beier (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

True stories of animals that saved people's lives

Dolores and the Big Fire

Dolores is a very timid cat. Her owner, Kyle, keeps a light on all night so she won't be scared. One night Dolores pokes at Kyle's face while he is sleeping. The house is on fire! Can Dolores wake Kyle up in time?

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 1-This wonderful story tells about a cat that saved a man from a fire in their home. Kyle, who had been living alone, acquired Dolores and fell easily into acceptance of her nature. The feline didn't want to be petted but liked having the lights left on in the house; out of love, Kyle appeased her. When black smoke filled the air one night, she used her paws to awaken Kyle. He was able to make it out safely, whereas she was badly burned. With his care, she recovered and even took to sitting on his lap. Beier's realistic watercolor illustrations on each spread reinforce the mood and the action and provide picture clues for new readers. A high-interest subject that will appeal to newly independent readers.-Jessica Snow, Boston Public Library Copyright 2002 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Andrew Clements
Andrew Clements (1949-2019) was the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he was nominated for a multitude of state awards, including a Christopher Award and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He was also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. Find out more at
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Publication date
February 20, 2002
Ready to Read: Level One
BISAC categories
JUV002050 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories
Abyssinian cat

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