Title: Warriors 2: Fire and Ice
Author: Erin Hunter
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Reviewed by: Alex G., Grade V
This book is about four different clans of cats. Windclan and Thunderclan are fighting together against Riverclan and Shadowclan. The reason for their fighting is because Riverclan and Shadowclan don't want Windclan to return to the territory they lost in a previous war. Two cats named Fireheart and Graystripe, who belong to Thunderclan, hide a friend named Ravenpaw because an enemy from its same clan wanted to kill him. When Fireheart and Graystripe return to their clan the war starts. At the end the strongest and the bravest of all prevails.
The message the book "Warriors 2" gives to the reader is to help a friend when he most needs it. Another message is to never do something that is against the rules.
The book "Warriors" 2 takes place in the woods close to neighborhoods. It takes place during the Winter months. The setting is very important because imagining the cats fighting during extreme weather conditions makes it harder to win a battle. So strategy, strength endurance are all qualities needed to survive and win a war. And as a reader, imagining these scarce conditions makes the story more powerful.
Graystripe is the second main character of the story. He is is a gray cat with yellow eyes.This cat is very strong, intelligent and brave. Graystripe learns several lessons throughout the story. He learn the importance of following clan rules and that he should always tell the truth or else people won't believe him. Graystripe reminds me of my brother Sebastian because he is strong and intelligent.
I wouldn't recommend this book. When I read the summary on the back of the book I expected the book to have a mix of action, adventure and peaceful moments but instead it was full of wars and adventure and no peace.
The type of reader that I think will enjoy this book are those readers that like constant violence.
Author: Erin Hunter
Genre: fiction, fantasy
Reviewed by: Alex G., Grade V
This book is about a small orange cat that goes and lives with other cats in the wild. This cat is named Rusty and it gets its name changed to Firepaw. This group of cats are called ThunderClan.
These cats are trying to survive in the wild and in order for these cats to survive they need to protect their hunting ground from other clans and animals.The way they protect their hunting ground is by fighting for the territory. In the end of the book two clans named shadow clan and thunder clan fight a war for the territory.
At the end the bravest of the clans win and the losers were the ones who broke the rules.
The message of the story is that breaking rules is not the best way to go. And the creatures that show bravery, the ones that follow rules and the ones that show respect for each other are the ones that triumph.
The setting takes place in a very big forest where different kinds of cat clans live. The forest covers very dark areas, where it can be extremely dangerous, and areas with much more light and safer to be around. The setting is extremely important because it is where all the story takes place.
The main character in this story is Firepaw. Firepaw is an orange cat with a bright yellow neon color eyes. Firepaw grows and changes significantly throughout the story. He starts as an apprentice and then he becomes a great warrior.
Firepaw learns that if he follows rules, shows respect for others and shows signs of bravery, he can succeed in life.
Although Firepaw doesn't necessarily remind me of myself or anyone I know I do think that when I also follow rules, show respect for others, have a good attitude, and follow my instincts and my values, I can become a winner in life.
I wouldn't recommend this book because is very repetitive, very descriptive and too many wars.
The only type of reader who I can think of that could enjoy this book is someone with a special interest in nature and violence.
Title: Owen and Mzee: The Language of Friendship
Authors: Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hathoff, Dr. Paula Kahumbu
Photographer: Peter Greste
Reviewed by: Makayla T., Grade II
It is a true story about a tortoise and a hippopotamus that were very good friends. A tsunami came and destroyed the hippo Owen's family. Owen was by himself. Someone found him and put him in a park. Then he met Mzee and they became very good friends. They made up their own sign language and made up their own sounds so they could communicate. The Dr. was afraid the hippo thought he was a tortoise. The Dr. put him with another tortoise named Cleo. Cleo, Toto, Owen and Mzee were like a family. You can be friends even if you are different!
I learned that friendship is good. I learned that a Tsunami is a very big wave. I learned that different people and animals can be friends.
The photo are nice because they show how Owen and Mzee are friends.
like this book. I might read it again. I would tell kids that like animals to read it.
Title: The One and Only Ivan
Author: Katherine Applegate
Illustrator: Patricia Castelao
Reviewed by Irion T., Grade IV
The book is about a gorilla named Ivan that was taken from the wild when he was young. He now lives in a cage in the parking lot of a mall.
Ivan does shows at 2, 4, and 7 o’clock daily. His only friends are an elephant named Stella and a stray dog named Bob.
One day when business isn’t going very well the mall’s owner, Mack gets a new baby elephant named Ruby. Stella really likes Ruby. She spends a lot of time coddling her.
The book is organized into chapters. I learned that gorillas can learn to understand humans. I learned that some gorillas can draw.
A question that I had after reading the book was, “What happened to Mack?”
I think the pictures of the elephants look like real elephants. The book has pictures of Bob, Stella, Ruby, Ivan and Mack. The pictures helped because they showed exactly what’s happening. I think the pictures added to my reading experience. They were funny.
I feel that this is a really good book to read. I would recommend it because it is a funny story. It’s a story you’ll never forget. I think people who like adventure and animals would like this book.
I rate this book a 5 because it’s a really good book.
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