Movies Books Music Food Tv Shows Technology Politics Video Games Parenting Fashion Green Living more >

Lunch » Tags » Books » Reviews » The first lake dwellers

The first lake dwellers

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Chester G. Osborne

add a wiki

Tags: Books
Author: Chester G. Osborne
1 review about The first lake dwellers

A story of the glue that makes societies strong

  • Jul 28, 2003
This was one of my favorite books when I was a child. It is a tale of adversity, recovery, cooperation and ultimate triumph. The main character is a boy named Arvi who lives in a village where there are sharp divisions between the farmer and hunter groups. As soon as the grain is collected and stored, the village is attacked and destroyed by a tribe of bandits, who steal all the grain, leaving the villagers scattered and without food for the winter. Under orders from the wise man of the village, Arvi takes a small amount of grain and hides it away so that it can serve as the seed for future crops.
The divisions continue after the destruction of the village, but a small band builds a tiny dwelling on a lake, where the water serves as a protective barrier. Others from their former village see how cooperation leads to greater yields and begin joining the settlement on the lake, which continues to grow as they all work together. In the end, the two village factions unite to utterly defeat their enemies.
Although this is an adventure story set in a primitive society, it is also an excellent social commentary on how divisions in society lead to weakness and how enlightened leadership and cooperation can create more for all. My children will read it and then afterward, we will discuss the timeless messages about the structure of societies.

What did you think of this review?

Fun to Read
Post a Comment
What's your opinion on The first lake dwellers?
1 rating: +5.0
You have exceeded the maximum length.
The first lake dwellers
Related Topics
A Clockwork Orange

A novel by Anthony Burgess


The first book in the "Twilight Saga" by Stephenie Meyer.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Mini-series of young adult novels by Ann Brashares

First to Review
© 2015 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since