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The Wheel on the School [Paperback]

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Item Specifications...

Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2002
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
Age  9-12
ISBN  0064400212  
EAN  9780064400213  

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Item Description...
Dutch schoolgirl Lina's composition about storks began the children's campaign to bring storks back to their village

Publishers Description

Why do the storks no longer come to the little Dutch fishing village of Shora to nest? It was Lina, one of the six schoolchildren who first asked the question, and she set the others to wondering. And sometimes when you begin to wonder, you begin to make things happen. So the children set out to bring the storks back to Shora. The force of their vision put the whole village to work until at last the dream began to come true.

Winner, 1955 Newbery MedalNotable Children's Books of 1940-1970 (ALA)1963 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Meindert DeJong is the award-winning author of many classic books for children, including the Newbery Medal-winning "The Wheel On The School"and the Newbery Honor-winning " Along Came A Dog, Shadrach, "and "The House Of Sixty Fathers, all available in Harper Trophy editions and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Among Mr. Sendak's other popular books is his Caldecott Medal-winning "Where The Wild Things Are."

Meindert De Jong was born in 1910.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Undiscovered gem  Apr 16, 2010
I came across this book in the children's section of the library, and since my kids love birds, I thought it was at least worth a try, although, like other reviewers, I thought the topic seemed a little dry. This is one of the best books I have ever read to my kids! During the first half, I was totally amazed how the author could make minor details of everyday life seem so exciting and suspenseful. And then, things really started to happen. My 9 year old was also impressed how realistic the kids' actions and conversations were. As others have noted, the book sends really good messages about group effort, perseverence, etc. But it isn't done in a preachy manner. My kids groan whenever they see a Newberry medal imprint on a book, claiming that the medal is for books that are good for you, rather than good books that are fun to read. This one is both. And it is a great book for reading aloud, even though my kids are old enough to read it themselves.
review from a 7 yo girl  Nov 5, 2009
I love the book. It has mystery and adventure. It is fun and it's cool to hear about the storks. I like the kids. It is fun to hear about them all getting to find a wheel and how they didn't succeed at first until the others did. Until Janus got them all going. My favorite characters were Janus and Lina and Linda. I really recommend The Wheel on the School.
A little TOO exciting  Jun 28, 2009
As others have noted, the book starts out pretty slow. Within 50 pages or so, it picks up the pace. My objection is as a 21st century mom. The kids in the story take crazy risks repeatedly - just to get a wheel to try to attract storks. In a couple of the instances adults either are complicit or actively order kids to risk their lives.

There are worthwhile themes - people in the village that were overlooked or feared become friends, and people think hard to try to help solve other peoples problems.

As a parent, be prepared to talk to your kids about the poor choices these kids made, and reinforce that in real life, things don't always work out OK.
Timeless and Thrilling Tale  Mar 21, 2009
A tale all children should read once they have mastered chapter books. Although written in the 1950's it remains a timeless and perfect lesson of good family, friends, and community relationships, plus the respect for nature. It has thrilling and suspensful events which hold your attention through the 298 pages. Most of all, the story is filled with love and happiness.
The scientific method in action!  Oct 5, 2008
I was assigned to read this in college... in order to study the scientific method and how it applies to elementary schools.

Indeed, science is a strong theme in this story, but what totally got me was the idea of a village coming together for a dream (so sue me, I'm a sucker for those kinds of stories).

Here we have a class of kids who decided they want to bring storks to their village. Because we all want giant birds lying around on our roofs. But why aren't their storks? How can they get the storks to come?

This turns from a theoretical experiment into an exciting and touching adventure to make a dream come true.

Adorable and great literature indeed.

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