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Skippack School

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With his German family, Eli crosses the Atlantic on The Charming Nancy. From Philadelphia, oxen pull their wagon into Penn's Woods, where they make their new home in the Skippack area. Eli loves outdoor work and play, but Mom says he must go to school. Though Eli expects the teacher to be cross, Master Christopher Dock is kind, firm, and patient. 92 pages.
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Published June 1st 1998 by Herald Press (VA)
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Laura Verret
Eli Shrawder and his family have just moved from Germany to the new colony of Pennsylvania. They are happy, excited, and relieved; now they may follow their consciences and worship God as they choose!

For the first week, Eli is kept very busy helping his Pop build the farm and carve the furniture. And a right handy workman he is, too. But soon, his parents decide that he should attend Master Christopher Dock’s school. Eli is nervous. Will he be able to learn how to read and write? Will the other
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Rachael Quinn
I have been making my way through all of the deAngeli books and I think that this one might be my favorite so far.

Eli and his family have come to America from Germany. When they are in their new home, he must start school. Eli doesn't like school. He likes to make things and play in the woods and help his parents. In Germany, his school master was mean and Eli never aspired to learn much. When he meets his new school master, who is kind and wise, he is surprised. Old habits die hard and Eli caus
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Karen
Great book to read to those reluctant about doing school work. It shows the importance of learning to read and do sums and what a little hard work can accomplish.
Stephanie
My children absolutely loved this book. It is very well written. Highly recommend.
Julia
Read with my 7 year old son. Enjoyable read.
Cindy
This is one of my favorite children's stories and one of my favorite children's authors. Of course there are all the connections to my life from spending a day at the Skippack School when in the 4th grade and experiencing education in a one-room school house, Master Christopher Dock-style to attending Christopher Dock Mennonite High School. Although it's a lower reading level than our typical read-aloud, it was good timing as we just visited the State Museum and learned more about colonial life ...more
Jenny Hoksbergen
good for 7-9 year olds.
Katherine
Simple children's book about a German family who comes to PA in 1750. Eli loves working with his hands but must have discipline to sit still at school. His schoolmaster gently guides him. Eli also learns the arts of printing and papermaking. This book has been on my want-to-read list for years. It was very difficult to find.
Fred
good story of a child who wants to do well and eventually finds his way, in his own way.
Dana
Interesting book! Paced slowly, but quite enjoyable. Enjoyable German accented dialog
Annalisa
I lOVED this book in the third grade!
Mazzou B
Love this sweet family tale!
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