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Posted October 13, 2010
a great book
This book won the 1955 John Newbery Medal. It is the kind of book for which the medal was designed and which deserves the award. I really enjoyed this story which is set in the little Dutch fishing village of Shorra. A schoolgirl named Lina does a report on storks and asks why storks no longer come to Shorra as they do to all the neighboring villages. The teacher tells the students to wonder why, saying when you begin to wonder, you begin to make things happen. They finally decide that it is because there are no wheels on the roofs of the houses in Shorra for the storks to use to nest, so they set about trying to find a wheel to put on the roof of the school.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In the process, the six schoolchildren, who have their petty dislikes and spats, learn to work together in finding a wheel and, more importantly in contrast to so much drivel that passes for children's literature today where the children go off all by themselves and just about every adult with whom they interact is evil or completely stupid, the Shorras children learn to enlist the help of and to work with adults to accomplish their goal. There are a few instances where men are said to smoke pipes. The language contains nothing worse than a few times when the children say, "Golly," and a couple of times when one of the adults says, "Blasted." This is a great book!
Posted May 30, 2001
This book is really good
I especially liked this book because it had everything from action to suspense and hope. There were parts from different sections which linked together at some point like when the children go searching for a wagon wheel. I really didn't like the way Janus kept appearing so often. It was as if he was the protagonist. I would definitly recommend this book to other people (including adults) even though it looks very childish. The most exciting part was when Eelka was trying to get the wagon wheel and broke it while almost losing his life. In the beginning, it seems as if the book would be boring because the children get excited just because they were let out early. There is no excitement which starts to build when the children start looking for a wagon wheel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.