Posted tagged ‘Cats’

Erin Hunter’s Warriors series: #1 at CPS!

May 1, 2010

A seemingly never-ending series by Erin Hunter about clans of cats in the wild is WILDLY POPULAR in the CPS library. For a few years these books have been turning 4th and 5th grade casual readers into avid bookworms. This year for the first time I have many 3rd graders who have picked up on the craze. Here are the books:

The original series, Warriors, is made up of six books; The New Prophecy is another six books, followed by Power of Three (another six books). The author has just started Omen of the Stars, a 4th series. Then there are the Manga (graphic novels) and a few super editions and guides. The CPS library has all but the Mangas and the guides, and out of a total of 20 books, maybe 5 are on the shelf on any given day.

Here’s your question, readers: what is it about wars between tribes of cats that keeps you coming back for more, book after book after book? I want to know why these are the most popular books in the library. I confess I have not read them, and you must convince me that I should!

The Cats of Roxville Station by Jean Craighead George

August 29, 2009

n298560I had a great reading experience yesterday. It was a beautiful sunny day, so I packed up my beach chair, lunch, and a new book and headed to the river to read for the day.

The Cats of Roxville Station was my book, and it turned out to be a great choice for reading outside, because there was lots of information about the natural world that’s all around us but that we don’t often notice. Here’s the opening sentence: “A lady in a fur coat threw a fighting, hissing cat off a bridge, got back into her car, and sped into the night.” Poor Rachet! Abandoned, she must now fend for herself . She quickly discovers that there is a group of wild (feral) cats in the neighborhood and she must learn to fight for her place among them. Jean Craighead George is a master of writing about the natural world (she won the Newbery Medal for Julie of the Wolves and My Side of the Mountain). In this book we find out about the hidden world of the wild cats; how they hunt, establish their territory, and try to avoid predators like snakes, owls, and foxes. There are humans in the area, too, including the nice “Bent Lady” who feeds the wild cats every day, and Mike, a foster child who wants more than anything to bring Rachet home. Check this book out if you like reading about the animal world. The author does a nice job of combining an interesting story with real facts about how cats communicate with each other and humans. Since reading this book I have had great fun watching my cat move around in the back yard, interacting with other cats (not wild cats!), birds, chipmunks, etc. I learned a lot.