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لك لك ها بر بام

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  9,686 Ratings  ·  434 Reviews

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 villag

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Lauren Smith
Jun 02, 2011 Lauren Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery-awards
I adore this book. It’s like coming up for a breath of fresh air after being stuck underwater. I think that each and every one of us could use a break of this kind. In this busy, busy world we live in we never take a second to smell the roses. We’re too busy worrying about our cars, our relatively slow internet, getting into college, broken iPods, going on dates, the latest fashion in clothes, being accepted… And here is a group of school kids who are worried about whether or not storks come to ...more
Joann
The beauty of these older Newberry winners is their innocent simplicity. The story was simple- children in a small town trying to entice storks to nest on the roof of their school. It really didn't stray much from that. It was, I felt, a refreshing break from the adolescent drama so common to the more recent Newberry winners. I really enjoyed the characters particularly the elderly poeple that the children came to know and love. This was a beautiful, unassuming story that I enjoyed very much.
Cindy Rollins
Feb 23, 2017 Cindy Rollins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: morningtime, reread, 2017
One of the joys of teaching is getting to reread old friends. This one must be read in short sections but
it is a wonderful story of life in community.
Ariel
Sep 18, 2009 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg, comfort
I remember reading and loving this Newbery award-winner from Holland about children in a tiny fishing village on the Dutch coastline and it's still great. Their teacher encourages them to figure out why there are no lucky storks living on the roofs of their village (unlike the surrounding towns) and work together to remedy the situation. They wind up befriending adults, most notably the formerly surly and isolated double amputee Janus, who performs feats of strength with his powerful arms. The w ...more
Gina Johnson
The children (and I!) all thoroughly enjoyed this book. The language and imagery where rich and flowed smoothly and with a nice cadence too. "It's so impossibly impossible, I can believe it now."
Gisoo
Apr 19, 2017 Gisoo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قصه ای شیرین و دوست داشتنی
پر از هیجان های کودکانه
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اگر به وقتش خونده بودم حتما یکی از کتاب های محبوب کودکیم می شد.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Sadly, Meindert DeJong's books are impossible to find where I live. I have a battered secondhand copy of this one that I read periodically. I love the way DeJong handles language, such as when Lina thinks of coming out with a clever answer at school and the boys in her class "sitting there with their mouths full of teeth." I love the way he gets into the minds of small children and remembers how they think and feel about things. Things that to an adult are "little" or "unimportant" can be huge t ...more
Antof9
Love, love, loved this book! I'd read his "Journey to Peppermint Street" a million years ago, and the illustrator Maurice Sendak recently passed away, so it seemed fitting to read this one recently, even though I'm ... two? behind the Newbery group.

Anyway, I loved it. At some point near the end, I couldn't believe how much I was enjoying a book about storks, of all things! The way this town was described reminds me quite a bit of the town my dad is from. It's on the Northern corner of Holland, a
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Anna
Jun 14, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love kids books where the dialogue is realistic, and the characters of the grown-ups are also realistic. It's not contrived, it's not "goody goody" adults, it's REAL people. This story of the little schoolchildren in the Dutch town of Shora is so endearing. They put forth so much effort to get a wheel on the school so the storks can come. There are such lessons to be learned here: people aren't always what they seem (Old legless Janus isn't really a mean man), and the value of hard work and wo ...more
Gail Levine
Aug 14, 2013 Gail Levine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! It's charming and original, and the surprises keep coming. DeJong uses everything to keep up the tension: the main characters, the entire village, an itinerant tinsmith, the weather, geography - he's ingenious. And the little brush-and-ink illustrations by Maurice Sendak are marvelous!
Reem
Nov 10, 2011 Reem rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
اول نجمة او درجة خسرتها الرواية او القصة انها مكانتش بالدرجة اللي تخليني اخلصها بسرعة ،
غير كده القصة مقبولة كتقييم !
قصة اطفال يب بس طويلة ع اطفال ده من ناحية و من ناحية تانية يمكن ملهاش غير هدف او هدفين من ال300 و شويه صفحة !
تقييم عام ع القصة مقبولة ، لا بأس بها !
و مش محتاجه تفكير كتير
=)
Nora
May 16, 2012 Nora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-reading
MCL. I thought I wouldn't like it, but then I did.
Kristen
Newbery Medal Winner--1955

This was an enjoyable little read about Dutch children trying to bring storks back to nest in their hometown. There are some lovable characters (grouchy but misunderstood Janus, Grandmother Sibble) and some great action-filled scenes (trying to get the wheel from under the boat, saving the storks). One of the few older Newbery winners that have kept me somewhat engaged.
Emily
Feb 25, 2011 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It all starts when Lina brings an essay she has written about storks to school. She carefully reads it aloud, wondering to her fellow students about the lack of storks in their seaside Holland town. Discussion spurred by her essay by students and teacher alike causes Teacher to cancel school for the rest of the day – so his students can wonder about the stork problem. Lina gets to wandering and wondering, thinking like the storks to figure out how to lure them to Shora’s rooftops.

In school the
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Christina
This is a darling story about a group of children living in a tiny Holland village trying to encourage storks to settle in their town. The story is very simple, but had a few deep moments (like watching Janus's transformation).

I probably would have given it just 3 stars except for one thing. Near the beginning, the children divide up and go on a 'quest'. We hear about the same afternoon from each of their points of view. I enjoyed how those 5 stories were interconnected and came together at the
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Stacy268
Feb 20, 2009 Stacy268 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery
This is the charming tale of a small town in Holland where a seed planted by a school teacher brings the entire town together.

Lina, the only girl in school, writes an essay about storks and gets her class thinking. "Do you know about storks?", Lina asks. The teacher encourages the children to wonder about why the storks do not build their nests in the small fishing town of Shora while one town over in Nes, the storks arrive every year.

Little by little the children come to the conclusions that th
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Stacey
I adore this book. I never heard of it until I saw it at the bookshelf at my local library. Something drew me to it and I read the summary. Why do I want to read about six schoolchildren from Holland? How did Lina influenced her whole community about trying to get storks to live in her town? Anyway, I checked it out. After reading this book, I can see the depth of the characters, the actions, and suspense. Each child in the book reminds me of real children that I care for and my peers and myself ...more
Esther May
Apr 15, 2008 Esther May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wheel on the School is a cute book about 6 classmates who try to do something impossible; bring storks to their town. My niece and her family read this book together. During the same time her doll's hat was lost. (I have to claim some responsibility since it was my daughter that lost the hat). She worried about the hat for this was not just any doll this was her absolute favorite doll. While reading this book, she found her answer. The teacher assigns all the students to find a wheel, "look ...more
Bonnie
Jul 26, 2011 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Several years ago, my not-so-evil twin Trish recommended this Newbery Medal winner, which honestly, I'd never heard of, much less read. I really liked it a lot and would add my recommendation. It's the story of a small group of Dutch schoolchildren who work together and with the people of their small fishing village to try to entice storks back to the village to bring them good luck. Very charming and I loved seeing how the children interacted with the adults. I first read this five years ago an ...more
Sarah
Dec 08, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
A friend was just asking for recommendations for a book for her just-turned-11 daughter, and I thought I'd send her to goodreads to read my recommendation for this book. Imagine my surprise when one of my favorite books was not on my list!
The Wheel on the School is a wonderful book about things being made right. When a child asks a question, the teacher pushes her - and the whole class - to find answers. As they begin to imagine answers, they begin to see their own community with new eyes, and
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
This is truly an odd story. A village in Holland is sad because no storks come to nest in their town. The children and their teacher decide to change things by making a project of it; they will find an old wagon wheel and put it on top of the school for storks to nest in.

Pretty soon, the whole town is involved in the project. Everyone is out looking for wagon wheels. Everyone is figuring out how to put the wheel on the school. Everyone is helping put the wagon wheel on the roof of the school. Th
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Emily
I was thoroughly charmed by this 1955 Newbery winner. The fishing village of Shora in Holland has only 6 children in their school. One of them writes a report one day on storks, and how the storks no longer stay in Shora. It becomes a school project to get the storks to nest in Shora. First, a wheel must be found, to be placed on the roof of the school so the storks can build their nests without sliding off the roof. Little by little, everyone in town becomes involved in getting the storks to Sh ...more
Kristy
A refreshing change of pace for middle school children - or younger - or older. A teacher in charge of a grand total of six children in a Dutch town mentors them in the lessons of "if it is impossible, it's possible," and "start something - it may lead somewhere." The children decide to do whatever it takes to fulfill their dream of bringing storks back to their little fishing town. Boy, do they do whatever it takes! And boy, does it lead somewhere!
Kathleen
What a joy. I remember starting it several times as a kid, but I guess the action didn't pick up as quickly as I wanted it to back then. It was fun to read a book set in Friesland and see how DeJong adapted some of the Dutch things for the US audience. I am sorry, but something is lost to refer to oliebollen as "fat balls". Literal translation is not always our friend. However, if that's my beef with the book, life is good.
Melissa
Sep 05, 2010 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very earnest book about a project - to bring nesting storks back to the Dutch village of Shora - that brings the entire village together. Very fun. One of my earlier comments was that it felt like The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew - it does! It have a very honest, can-do attitude and tells such charming stories about the children of Shora.
Hailey White
Nov 22, 2016 Hailey White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-books
Storks. Children. Wagon Wheels. Dikes. Tide. Friends. Family. Adventure. Rocks. Tin. Boats. Storms. Nest. Wheelchair. Hot Chocolate. Fat Balls.

Reading this aloud to my 5 children over the course of a few weeks was special. Being transported to a simpler time through a story where storks and love abound was refreshing.

Now if only I could pronounce Dutch names correctly.
Ben
Feb 07, 2015 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A welcome breath of fresh air, peace and simplicity in this tale of Dutch children by the sea that provides a view into another world. The excitement that carries throughout the book as everyone is stirred up on the quest for storks makes this an engaging story...a wonderful change of pace.
Maria
Some great parts, some really boring parts. You can tell it was written in the 50s, as the gender roles are pretty firmly in place. The few times the one girl in the group does anything adventurous, a big deal is made of the fact that she's breaking out of the mold.
Madison
I haven't read this one in a while, but I read it quite a number of times growing up. I remember it being rather slow in parts, a bit superstitious in regards to the storks being good luck, but an all over good story.
Krissy
Oct 07, 2014 Krissy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caleb
I liked how the impossible happened in this book. School children and their town made a dream come true. ~Caleb
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