I agree with the previous posters' suggestion to focus on the chapter about the first 20 days. Even if the students have had teachers in earlier grades who used this system, they still will need the first 20 lessons. Given that the first month of school is broken up with holidays, 20 days of lessons should take you into early October. That gives you another month to read through the chapters that seem most applicable to your situation. It's not as bad as it looks, as there are many graphics interspersed. I was given the book a few summers ago, and read a chapter or two a day over the summer vacation. I have since moved to a new district that does not use this program, but I still find myself using the F&P book for the graphic organizers and suggestions of what books to use.
Leveling the classroom library was time consuming. At one point I recruited my nephew, who was 11 at the time, to go onto the Scholastic site (http://src.scholastic.com/ecatalog/d...subt=0&Test=NA
) to look up the level of each book I had. You will want to have this done by the time you get to the lesson in which you introduce your students to how your library is organized.