One Room School

One Room School

by Laurence Pringle

Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction


Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pringle (Dinosaurs!) takes a nostalgic trip back to 1944, his final year in attendance at a one-room schoolhouse in the Hopper Hills of Monroe County, N.Y. That year, School 14 boasted 18 childrenfrom first to eighth gradewithin its walls. Pringle's description of this setting and its leisurely day-to-day routine (the teacher ringing a handbell to call the students; a rare ride home in her Model A Ford) contrasts sharply with the loud bells, school buses and jammed hallways familiar to many children today. References to WWII throughout serve to heighten this sense of history (one illustration shows the children withand one atopa mountain of scrap metal they collected to make tanks and Liberty ships). Garrison's (Look at the Moon) collagraphs (collage-graphics) are framed like photographs of treasured times and add warmth to Pringle's somewhat dry, factual recounting of his memories. Reminiscent of children's drawings, the pictures consist of mostly neutral shades (buff, brown, muted greens), highlighted with dashes of gold, deep blue, red and purple. While children will find the gulf between their own experience and Pringle's wide (and may have trouble sticking with the slow pace of the text), they will also see timeless similarities in learning songs for holiday concerts, longing for recess and celebrating a "snow day." Author and illustrator notes are included. Ages 6-10. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Sue Reichard
Children will love the engaging details of this charming book by beloved author Laurence Pringle. In this book he recalls his childhood days in the one room school with only five students in the largest class. His recollections are peppered with World War II scrap metal drives and sleigh rides to school when the roads were closed by snow. Readers will love Miss Gladys Shackleton, the teacher. Students loved her Model A Ford and if they were especially good and studied hard, Miss Shackelton took everyone for a ride through town. The luckiest students got to ride in the rumble seat. Barbara Garrison's warm illustrations are created to resemble photos in a scrapbook. They perfectly capture the old-fashioned charm and feel of this book.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3A story about the last year of a one-room schoolhouse, 1945. The illustrations are unique, using a method called collage-graphics, and look like an old-fashioned photo album. Each memory, such as getting to school, lessons learned, and a visit from the local library's bookmobile, has a "picture" attached with corner tabs and jagged edges. Taking into consideration the year, the memories also include how the battles of World War II, though far away, touched the lives of the students and teacher. This is a gentle story to share with younger students or a good curriculum aid for older students learning about American history, the history of schools, or life in another era.Evelyn Butrico, Cold Spring Harbor Library, Greenlawn, NY
Kirkus Reviews
An affectionate paean to his one-room schoolhouse turns Pringle (Elephant Woman, 1997, etc.) into everyone's favorite uncle, telling stories about when he was a child. They are engaging tales, full of small details that children will love: Helen, who was the only third grader, then the only fourth grader, etc., through most of her school years; the boys' outhouse was farther away than the girls' so boys had more time outdoors; the teacher's floral print dresses and Tabu perfume. Garrison's illustrations are richly textured prints in the soft, blurred colors of memory. She frames them in the white deckled edges and corners of old photographs, so readers know that it is Pringle's remembrance of school in the last year of WW II that is captured in this evocative "album." (Picture book. 6-10)

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Highlights Press
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Product dimensions:
10.33(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Laurence Pringle has written 108 books for young readers, many of them award-winning science titles. He is the recipient of three major awards for his body of work-the Eva L. Gordon Award for Children's Science Literature, the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He lives in West Nyack, New York-a few miles from Rockland Lake, once "the ice box of New York City."

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