The School Trip

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Davy isn't sure he's ready for school. He's heard about mean teachers and bullies. Sizing up some potential classmates, he simply decides not to go. He has a better idea: he will build his own school. Not only that, he will put wheels on it!

One thing leads to another, and Davy's mobile school goes out of control, landing in the middle of the classroom of the very surprised and none too pleased Mr. Stern. Davy is relegated to the corner until recess. Then, all the kids gather ...

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Overview


Davy isn't sure he's ready for school. He's heard about mean teachers and bullies. Sizing up some potential classmates, he simply decides not to go. He has a better idea: he will build his own school. Not only that, he will put wheels on it!

One thing leads to another, and Davy's mobile school goes out of control, landing in the middle of the classroom of the very surprised and none too pleased Mr. Stern. Davy is relegated to the corner until recess. Then, all the kids gather around him to find out how to put wheels on their school. Trouble looms for Mr. Stern!

Reluctant to show up for the first day of school, Davy builds his own school on wheels and creates excitement for the other students.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
It is Davy's first day of school, and he isn't sure that he wants to go. He has heard of stern teachers, homework and bullies. He decides to build his own school instead, and adds wheels so that he will go far (as his mother told him he would if he went to school). When he accidentally crashes into the real school and meets his teacher, Mr. Stern, he realizes his fears were well-grounded. Mr. Stern is bleakly drawn as an ugly and menacing figure. The classroom shows unhappy children seated in old-fashioned rows while Mr. Stern wields his pointer. (Needless to say, not a very positive portrait for young children who are apprehensive about their first day of school.) In the end, the children sneakily put the wheels from Davy's school on the school building and ride away, leaving Mr. Stern glaring after them. "They planned to go far." The reader is left somewhat bewildered about the intended message. The story is reminiscent of a Roald Dahl adventure, but without the feeling of triumph over adversity. 2001 (orig. 2000), Front Street Books, $15.95. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Cheryl Peterson
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Davy is unhappy as he makes his way to his first day of school. He has heard of bullies, disagreeable teachers, and homework, and decides that instead of attending the village school, he will build one of his own. That evening, when his mother tells him that by paying attention in class he will go far, the boy is struck with an idea: he will put wheels on his school. When he takes his construction out on the road and it crashes into the village school, the teacher leads Davy to a seat and continues with the lesson. At recess the boy tells the other students about his creation and, as they also plan to go far, they remove the wheels from Davy's school and put them on their own building. The final scene shows the village school floating down a river with the teacher in frantic pursuit in a rowboat. Irrepressible Davy is a colorful character in Hopman's otherwise dreary world. His orange hair and red sweater are striking contrasts to the charcoal-gray jackets worn by his classmates. Through exact use of line, the illustrations have natural fluidity and movement. Careful examination of Davy's school reveals an old automobile bedecked with, among other things, a mounted stag head and a statue of a priest as a figurehead. The tongue-in-cheek narrative, made up of short sentences, reads well aloud. The text shows the child's serious intent, and students who have experienced excruciating boredom or frustration with school will empathize with him. A celebration of wit and creativity, and a welcome sojourn.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886910706
  • Publisher: Lemniscaat USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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