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Children's LiteratureMost people would never dream of learning a new skill all at once, it normally takes a lot of time and effort to become proficient at something. Generally one learns a new skill one step at a time. Reading isn't any different. Children need to first learn to sound out words, and then they can move on to more difficult words, sentences, and even paragraphs. The "Step into Reading" series helps children to do just that—learn to read at an individual pace. This book is step three in the series, which means that children at this level are comfortable tackling new words and reading on his or her own. The engaging characters and story line in this simple story about the firehouse dogs will enthrall children. The illustrations are designed to help the children with word recognition and story line comprehension. The plot is simple and easy to understand. Because of the various topics covered in this series, a classroom or home library would benefit from having these books. 2004, Random House, Ages 5 to 7.