Wheel on the School

by Meindert Dejong

Harpercollins Publishers | April 5, 1972 | Trade Paperback

Wheel on the School is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.

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 Medal
Notable Children's Books of 1940?1970 (ALA)
1963 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.66 in

Published: April 5, 1972

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0064400212

ISBN - 13: 9780064400213

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Makes a Good Read-Aloud This is a re-read for me. The first time I read it aloud to my eldest about 15 years ago and we both loved it so much. I went on to read several more of the author's books after that, also enjoying them. I was looking forward to this re-read. I was a little disappointed as the story was much slower than I had remembered and at first I actually thought it was boring. So it did take me some time to get into it this time, though I hardly remembered the story except the basic plot. I did find my groove though, and settled down with this old-fashioned story, set in a different time in a different world, pre-WWII Netherlands. This is a sweet story about children and their love for animals, storks in this case. It's a time when children roamed the countryside all day long, unsupervised. The first good chunk of the book sets up the plot and not a lot of events happen, though Dejong is a beautiful writer and we soon feel the sense of this time, this place and these people. Once the hunt for the wheel begins, action enters the story and each individual child has an event happen along the way. Some of these adventures are what we would consider today, well anytime really!, quite dangerous and make for exciting reading. It dramatically contrasts what childhood was like in those bygone days compared to today. Everyone will shake their heads but, some will be with regret, others with thankfulness, that those times have passed. I do think this is a beautifully written story, with a lovely message; a sweet story in a way, but a real one as well, these children are hardly all sugar-and-spice. Unfortunately, I don't think it is a book many modern-day children will have the patience to read themselves and I recommend it be used as a read-aloud. There is so much to discuss! I'm a huge fan of Maurice Sendak but his illustrations in this book are only middle of the road, recognisable as his work certainly but nothing special.
Date published: 2014-07-20

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Wheel on the School

by Meindert Dejong

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.66 in

Published: April 5, 1972

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0064400212

ISBN - 13: 9780064400213

From the Publisher

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 Medal
Notable Children's Books of 1940?1970 (ALA)
1963 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award

About the Author

Meindert DeJong is the award-winning author of many classic books for children, including the Newbery Medal-winning The Wheel On The Schooland 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.

From Our Editors

Delve deep into the creative minds and big hearts of children with Meindert de Jong’s wise and enlightening story. A Dutch village is suffering from a serious case of bad luck. To make things right, six school children bring the storks, known as harbingers of good luck, back to their little Dutch village.

Editorial Reviews

". . . a happy story, written with the freshness and beauty and understanding of youngsters that make this author's stories unforgettable." (Saturday Review)

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12