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
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
In school the ...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
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
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
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
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
It's a charming book, set in some time vaguely in the past, when the fastest means of transport was a horse and cart. There's no nastiness, no swearing, the children are properly respectful of their elders, it's all very nostalgic. That's not to say that they're Mary-Sue perfect, they're not - they run off and play when they should be working, they make the mistakes you mi ...more
This bold young boy commits a revolutionary act - he keeps asking questions, even after each adult he asks feels they have given him a complete & satisf ...more
Right now we are hearing about the need for books written about pe ...more
I really enjoyed this one. I like how the story started with a question. "Why don't Storks visit our town like they do other towns?" The students thought about it and came up with a hypothesis. This hypothesis led to a plan, and that plan became an obsession. The obsession spread from the students and kind of took over the town and everyone untied for a cause. Gro ...more
The protagonists of "The Wheel on the School" are very young, and the book's steady pace frames an introduction to critical thinking, to looking at a problem from all angles (literally!), to instigate creative solutions.
What I found really enjoyable was that the book follows the very young protagonists th ...more
--Really liked it!
--Quiet, quaint—a little odd, about luring storks to nest in their village—but speaks volumes about many themes
--Maurice Sendak—awesome illustrations
--strong, defined characters: six-child class--one girl, Lina, five boys, each an individual, supportive of each other; oldest Grandmother Sibble III, very cool, and Grandpa Douwa—93, takes huge walks daily (role models for aging, even though written in 1954; Janus, paraplegic, grows in reality and reputation
--De Jong: ...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