Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Wheel on the School

The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong

This is truly an odd story. A village in Holland is sad because no storks come to nest in their town. The children and their teacher decide to change things by making a project of it; they will find an old wagon wheel and put it on top of the school for storks to nest in.

Pretty soon, the whole town is involved in the project. Everyone is out looking for wagon wheels. Everyone is figuring out how to put the wheel on the school. Everyone is helping put the wagon wheel on the roof of the school. There are plenty of difficulties in the task, including finding the wagon wheel in the first place. The project creates unexpected side benefits of a strong community spirit and new friendships.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

I remember my second grade teacher reading this to us in 1976...it made an impression on me, because all these years I remembered the story, but not the name...I am glad I found this! I will have fun reading it to our children!