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: Nobody Owns the Sky
Author: Reeve Lindbergh
Illustrator: Pamela Paperone
Reviewed by: Makayla T. Grade II
The book is about a black woman named Bessie. She wanted to fly an airplane. Her dream came true because she went to France and learned how to fly. Everyone was allowed to fly in France. She flew in air shows. She crashed and died during an air show. Other people had the courage to fly because of Bessie.
I learned that black girls were not allowed to fly.
The artwork is good. I like it. It helps me understand the story.
I might tell my friends to read this book.
Title: How Oliver Olson Changed the World
Author: Claudia Mills
Illustrator: Heather Maione
Reviewed by: Asher M., Grade III
This book is about a boy named Oliver who was sick when he was 4 years old. His parents are over protective. His parents won't let him have sleepovers with JP, Oliver's friend. Oliver really wants to go to the space sleepover and watch Star Wars. But his parents won't let him go to it because they are so over protective of him. Mrs. O'Neill, Oliver's teacher, had the kids think of ideas that could change the world. The idea that Oliver came up with was that parents aren't allowed to help kids with homework because it was no fair. His parents always did his homework and he did not like that. The message from the book is before you change the world sometimes you need to change yourself. Oliver changed himself by taking care of his own self by working with Crystal on the diorama and by not needing any of his Mom's help.
The story takes place in Oliver's school, Oliver's house and Crystal's house. This book happened in the present. It's important that the story takes place at school. If you don't learn you can't change the world.
Oliver changes at the end of the story. At the beginning of the story, Oliver was really embarrassed that he didn't get to do that much. The other kids got to do a lot like ride bikes, do sleepovers, and do their own homework. All Oliver could do was stay in his house, Mrs. O'Neill asked the kids who wants to go to the moon. And Oliver didn't raise his hand because his parents would never let him go to the moon. He really wanted to go to the space sleepover because it was going to be fun. His mother said no. At the end of the story, Oliver is acting like a big kid. Oliver tells his Mom his real feelings and he says I can go to the space sleep over by myself and I can do the diorama by myself with Crystal's help. The character reminds me of myself. I used to be a little kid and then I changed. For example, I used to be afraid to sleep without bed rails and now I'm not. When I was a little kid, I was scared of doing things and now I'm not.
I like the illustrations because they help me picture what is going on in the story.
I recommend this book as a really good book because it teaches little kids how they should change themselves. When they get older they should try new things. You want to catch up with other boys and girls because you don't want to be the only one who isn't trying new things when the other boys and girls are being brave. Boys and girls would like this book because it has both boys and girls in it and the main message and for both boys and girls about changing yourself.
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