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Dolores and the big fire : a true story
Clements, Andrew, 1949-
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002.
Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
A usually aloof cat risks her own life to save her owner from a deadly fire.
Reading Level:
320 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.2 0.5 61038.
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Level 1
Starting to Read
* Simple stories
* Increased vocabulary
* Longer sentences

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?

Author Notes

Andrew Clements was born in Camden, New Jersey on May 7, 1949. He received a bachelor's degree in literature from Northwestern University and master's degree in teaching from National Louis University. Before becoming a full-time author, he taught in the public schools north of Chicago for seven years, was a singer-songwriter, and worked in publishing.

He is well known for his picture book texts, but it was his middle school novel, Frindle, that was a breakthrough for his writing career. Frindle won numerous awards including the Georgia Children's Book Award, the Sasquatch Children's Book Award, the Massachusetts Children's Book Award, the Rhode Island Children's Book Award, and the Year 2000 Young Hoosier Book Award. His other works include The Landry News, The Janitor's Boy, No Talking, Things Not Seen, Things Hoped For, and Things That Are.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-2. This Pets to the Rescue book in the Ready-to-Read series will grab new readers with its dramatic story. Dolores and her owner, Kyle, live happily together even though Dolores is a 'fraidy cat, who likes to sleep with the lights on. One night, she awakens Kyle, who discovers that instead of the room's being lit, it is dark--and full of smoke. Clements does a fine job of maintaining and ratcheting up the story's inherent tension. The doorknob falls off as Kyle tries to escape, and he passes out, only to be awakened by Delores once again. Then it seems that Dolores hasn't made it out of the house; she has--just barely. The color paintings aren't as exciting as the text, but they serve their purpose. It will take a pretty good new reader to handle this, but it's worth it. One caveat: this is billed as a true story. It might have been nice to have a shred of backup for the claim. Ilene Cooper.

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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