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Wheel on the School

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2007

    When kids think hard, things come true

    When storks no longer come to Shora, kids think hard and then they begin to come back. A kid's thinking and wishes are often answered when they believe enough in them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2007

    A treasure- get it in hardcover.

    This is the kind of book that draws you in, word by word. You are happy to find yourself among these characters, and you don't want to leave them. I have read it aloud to a class of 4th graders. They were not book-lovers when they came to me. Yet when we arrived at the end of the chapter each day, they begged for 'one more chapter.' This book will make you smile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2001

    What happens when people dream

    A wonderful and artfully told story of a village full of people who hardly know each other until one little girl is encouraged to dream of a way to bring storkes to their town. Enjoyable, funny and thoughtful The Wheel on the School can be read and re-read by people of all ages. I loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2001

    A Beautiful Story

    The Wheel on the School has become one of my family's favorite children's books. A great family read-aloud. My children, ages 8 and 10, loved it. The beginning of the book is a bit slow but keep reading. It is an exceptional story, which is why it won the Newbery Award. I still don't understand why this book is not more well-known.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2001

    Great Book to Teach

    I have successfully taught The Wheel on the School to three different groups of 7th graders. The THEME of the book is that EVERYBODY IS IMPORTANT. Kids tend to think that they're the only ones who really matter, and they can be cruel to people who are different. In this book, a small group of children are hoping to attract storks to their little fishing village, yet every part of the community eventually gets involved. DeJong has artfully managed to 'get inside the heads' of each one of his young characters. My students have found that they can relate to these kids. Guess what? No bad language; no violence; no sex; no disrespect for adults. Like I said, it's a great book to teach.

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