Fiction – Adventure
Audience: 10 – 16 years old
When I was younger, I sometimes felt like I was a loner at school. I always wanted my mom to go to school with me because I didn’t want to be alone. I felt just like the rogue cat, Yellow Fang, who was without a clan. After reading the book, Warriors: Dawn, I found I wanted to be warrior, too.
I admire how the cats in this story work together to accomplish goals that they probably couldn’t working on their own. Their survival often depends on learning to share the work load and responsibility. The warriors collect food for the whole clan. They also protect the clan from rival clans that mean to do them harm.
I have found that working with others is very important to me and has helped to raise my confidence. My class recently visited a farm. Our goal was to make butter. Each student took a turn shaking a jar of whole milk. Doing this alone would have been very tiring as it took about forty-five minutes. When we were all done, we shared the butter equally, so that each person got a nice spread of butter on her bread. This reminds me of how the warriors get good for the whole clan and then share it equally, so that everyone gets enough food.
This book also inspired me to join Odyssey of the Mind – a group of creative kids who try to solve a problem. I also learned the importance of a strong leader. In Warriors, the cats work together to solve problems with the help of leaders, such as Firestar and Tallstar. I learned that a lot gets done if you follow a leader who is organized. Brokenstar was not a very good leader because his apprentices were too young and his clan was too big. His clan had to scavenge and half of his clan died and the other half was unhealthy. My OM leader, on the other hand, is a very good leader because she is extremely organized and encourages us to talk problems out when things get tough.
Warriors: Dawn has taught me the importance of working with others to accomplish more. I also learned how a good leader can make things run smoothly.