The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong (1954)

wheel.jpgWhy are there no storks in Shora, The Netherlands?  The six young children living in this tiny village decide to figure out the answer, and how to bring the storks back!  But it’s not an easy task. . . and pretty soon the whole village needs to get involved!

Here’s a Newbery Medal winner that you don’t often hear about.  I read this to my children many, many years ago and although it has a slow pace, it was sweet and memorable, with some wonderful life lessons sewn in the linings.

My husband and I took a biking tour of the Netherlands back in 2013 and we saw many stork nests up on high stands in the middle of farm fields.  But never did we see a wheel on a school!  But since I had read The Wheel on the School years earlier to my children, I WAS looking!!

Meindert DeJong is also the author of The House of Sixty Fathers.

Middle Grade Reading Level, 320 pages, Newbery Medal Winner, Published in 1954.

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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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