Thursday, June 9, 2011
The Fire Cat
Don't you just love stories where a naughty protagonist is taken in by a loving individual who nutures the little tyke with care and sound discernment. That's just the story Esther Averill presents in The Fire Cat (c. 1960). Averill weaves together a beautiful story of second chances, adoption, and dreams fulfilled.
Her three chapters of pure delight resonates among children and the child within. Poor Pickles the cat is so aptly named for he's always getting himself into a pickle. And who could resist a rescuing character named Mrs. Goodkind? The rescuing theme continues throughout the book with the firemen and with . . . well, I can't give anything away, can I?
A story beloved by many generations, The Fire Cat remains one of those books that evokes warmth and security by a mere glance of the cover.