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Reviewed by Karen Hesson for Readers' Favorite
Squire With Fire: When Sparks Fly by Joseph Cassis is a fun and interesting children’s book. A grandfather finds a chest of family “treasures” in the garage and takes some time to teach his young granddaughter, Mackenzie, or Mac for short, about their family history. He shows her all the things inside the treasure chest and explains what they were and how they were used in the past. The grandfather then tells Mac a magical story about her ancestors and a dragon named Spitfire. The dragon and Squire Mackenzie helped to save their castle from a Viking invasion.
I read Squire with Fire: When Sparks Fly to my six-year-old son. He was excited when he heard about the rocks that start fires and said, “That’s flint and steel! Like on Minecraft!” He listened very intently while I read the section that explained how these rocks worked. My son also thought the idea of dragons having s’mores was hilarious. My favorite part of the story was the relationship that Mac and her grandfather had. I liked the way Mackenzie’s grandfather spoke to her. He used big words, but also explained their meaning and reminded Mackenzie to be careful and smart. Mac and her grandfather played marbles, looked at maps, learned how to start a fire, and ended up having a wonderful and meaningful day together. Joseph Cassis created a lovely story that was enjoyed by both my son and me. We will definitely check out the first book, too!