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by Meindert De Jong

eBook The Wheel on the School download ISBN: 0606050817
Author: Meindert De Jong
Publisher: Demco Media (April 1, 1972)
Language: English
ePub: 1329 kb
Fb2: 1543 kb
Rating: 4.2
Other formats: lit lrf azw lrf
Category: Teenager
Subcategory: Literature and Fiction

Dutch schoolgirl Lina's composition about storks began the children's campaign to bring storks back to their village
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Who would have known that my child would enjoy this book? When I first read this book aloud to my child (around the age of 5 or 6?), I was concerned that he would find it boring, despite its many wonderful reviews and being a Newberry Award winner. After all, it was written in the 1950s, takes place in a country unfamiliar to us (the Netherlands), and revolves around finding a wheel to put on the school. I wasn't sure that I would like it myself. But my fears were completely unfounded. He loved it, and wanted me to read more and more each night. Fast forward 2-3 years later, he found it on his bookshelf and decided to read it on his own, and still loved it. Even after having read it, I'm not sure what it is about the book that's so captivating, but it is.
Many years ago I purchased this book to read aloud to my fifth graders shortly after it was published. I did so for many years, and at that time, these young people really enjoyed it, as I read to them after lunch to relax them. Since then I have recommended this book to many people, and now that I am retired and nearing 80, I still buy it to give to neighborhood children. Adults seem to like it, too. It's magical - at least in the early years, before television - because it made I think, the children see in their minds what was happening and what good can happen when people work together. It's a story of adults and children joining together to accomplish the goal of getting the storks to return to their village. It's predictable, but marvelous and has always been one of my favorite books of all time. Magically motivating. Look for other books by De Jong. I think you won't be disappointed. I have read it many times and each time I am happier and even feel myself becoming a resident of that village. I'm no longer 80, but instead - 10 years old again.
Not a good read aloud for my first grade classroom. I teach in a classical ed school and this book was one of the choices for reading to students. They hate it. I have to admit. It is kind of boring. Parts of it are good and it is well written, but it seems to ramble on and on . The whole premise of the book is children trying to find a wagon wheel to put on top of their school to attract storks. My students love other classics like Pinocchio and The Odyssey, but this book just does not hold their attention.
One of our favorite books when my kids were younger. It's one of those books that stay with you because the characters are so real. It is a lovely story, and reading about the Dutch educational system was a real eye opener for both me and my children.
I am reading this for the second time to my children ages 11, 9, 8, 6, And 4. We love it. It is very slow moving and revolves around a very simple issue, but oh all the lovely things that happen as the children learn to wonder. If you’d chikdren have been read to often, they will love this story. But don’t start reading out loud with this one, read it once your children have fallen in love with bring read to.
A really beautiful story! With the help of a new teacher, children learn to value members of their community as they try to attract a stork to their village.
I read this to my son who is eleven. It is a great story. It is an old classic which certainly bears being remembered and read today. The story shows us a place and a time with which we were not familiar. Nature is a very close and intimate part of these children's lives. The admonition that their teacher gave them of looking for an old, unused wheel and to keep looking until they found one and that if they didn't find one where they thought one might be, then to look where they didn't think one might be, was the thing that impressed me most. We learned that storks come from Africa and make their nests on roofs of houses in northern Europe. My son and I both learned from and enjoyed reading this book and recommend it heartily to anyone looking for something "out of the ordinary".
I read this book at a young age, when it was first in hard cover. It stuck with me all my life into adulthood. It's the story of a village that has no storks and one of the six students ask why? That is where your teaching comes into play, so if you are a teacher, ask your class to read this book. The age recommended, I think, is childhood, to age 12, and even adults will enjoy this book. There is so much description of the village, the children and they way of life, in Holland. It is full of learning.

In Holland, Shora is the name of the fishing village--the setting of the book. The village is made up mostly older people and there is one small school. One adult named Janus had no legs. One day a student Lina asks the teacher of the school why there are no storks in the village, for storks bring good luck. The teacher poses the question for the class to find the answer. It's because the roofs of the houses have sharp edges and the storks or sea gulls cannot land to nest. The entire village comes together, from old, young and Janus, who has a disability, to find a wheel to go on the roof of the school to bring the storks to nest and bring the village good luck.
The fishermen are bored because the weather has kept them from fishing, so they help, Janus the man with a disability helps, and even the older people help. The people from young to old all come together for one common goal. And that could pertain to any goal in today's world. People working together for a common goal, no matter the age, or disabiliitys Don't let anything hold you back if you have a goal.
I highly recommend this book, no matter what your age, although as I stated in the beginning, it teaches. If you teach younger children--then assign this book for class. It really is a good book for teaching in all societies and ages, but start the young ones out and he or she will learn about working together to accomplish goals--dispite disabilities or obstacles.