Klimo, Kate Sparky (Dog Diaries), 131 pages. Random House, 2016. $7.99. Language: G (0 swears, 0 "f"); Mature Content: G; Violence: G;
Sparky was born over a hundred years ago during the time of the Great Chicago Fire. She is a fire dog back in the time when a fire dog really meant something, and the fire house couldn't survive without her help! It was her job to help the horses stay calm and do their job; The horses would often get easily spooked and run away from the fire.
A charming story that will capture the attention of young and older readers that love animals and history. These are similar to the I Survived series in that they are historical fiction and readers will easily dive into them and the series. Each book has a different dog during the time of an important historical event. As an educator, I appreciate stories that are engaging and teach readers about real events.
EL - (K-3) - ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Amy, Elementary Teacher.