The Wheel on the School
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...more
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...more
The school teacher then challenged all the students to wonder about storks because nobody else had ever given them much thought or knew anything else about them. "We can't th...more
Each character was well-drawn with...more
In school the...more
My almost 10 year old daughter encouraged me to keep going, she said it was good, so I did and it picked up almost immediately after making the finishing much more enjoyable.
The basic plot is this: the small town of Shora has never had storks. The lone girl in the small one-room school hou...more
I enjoyed this book for its message of teaching kids to think outside the box; in this case the school. The teacher encourages the kids to problem solve and in the process they become more interested in learning, more active in their community and develop better relationships with the local residents. Their small-town adventures remind me a lot of Anne of Green Gables.
All in all it's a pretty good story: Easy, uncomplicated sentence structure, a good one for middle-schoolers...more
Set on the shore of the North Sea in 1950’s Holland this story demonstrates the power of an idea and the fascination of a common dream. Cooperation between adults and children, men of the sea and men of the land, resulting in the realization of a glorious goal: to bring the storks back to Shora. For some reason the storks from Africa pass over this insignificant village on their annual migration. Why is Shora shunned? A Dutch village without its storks lack...more
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...more
Genre: Children’s Fiction/Animal Tale
The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong is a Newberry Medal award winner about a community working together for a common goal. This story is about determination and never giving up. The book focuses on a small fishing village on the northern sea that storks no longer come to. Therefore the children of the village set out to bring them back. This story is filled with an adventur...more
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...more
I had decided, at one point in time, that reading every Newbery Award Winning book was something I wanted to persue. The sad story was that I didn't have any books with the awarded title in my house. Well, I didn't have any that I had not yet read. While searching every book shelf in the house,(and we have many) I came across The Wheel on the School. The first thing that caught my eye was the cover which reminded me of something from back in my childhood. At that time I couldn't figure it out bu...more
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...more
I think the version I read as a child must have been a condensed version - possibly in an elementary-level Reading book. I remembered some but not all of the children's adventures as they look for a wheel, and...more
Impressions: A project can bring a community together. Old people have wisdom. Stork nests are something you want on your house, to the point you should risk your life to provide a nesting place. These are the lessons of The Wheel on the School. More false endings than Lord of the Rings, but overall, a nice nostalgia trip.
How it warped me: I feel like I read a few books about magical, darling Dutch people in my childhood. At least one involved ice skating, but...more
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...more
More than the children getting to know each other and work together, I liked the intergenerati...more
انها ببساطه قصه للاطفال لا ارى بها بعد اكبر او اعمق من ذلك اللهم ما اما البساطه و رجوعك للطفل الداخلى
بك....لكنى ايضا لا اتخيل ان يقرأ طفل عادى ما يقارب من 400 صفحه!!!! فالقصه طويييله جدا بالنسبه لقصه اطفال
المحتوى طفولى لاقصى حد...الرسومات بريئه و ممتعه...و لكن الحجم ضخم بالتاكيد
بين طيور اللقلق و العجلات القديمه و الاط...more
De Jong immigrated to the United States with his family in 1914. He attended Dutch Calvinist secondary schools and Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and entered the University of Chicago, but left without grad...more