|Wheel on the School, the (1954) [Novel]|
by Meindert DeJong
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(From the publisher):
In the village school of Shora, in Holland, a lesson turned on storks which, as everyone knows, build their great, untidy nests on the roofs of Dutch houses. There were storks’ nests in villages all round Shora, but not in Shora, and no one knew why. The teacher told the children that when people began to wonder and go on wondering, things may happen, and so it turned out. The boys and girls went home wondering, wonder led to questions, questions roused interest, revived memories, provoked ideas, suggested plans, and finally led to action. Granny Sibble had a picture of roofs with storks’ nests on her candy tin, and each nest sat on a wagon wheel. There were no wagon wheels on the roofs in Shora, so the search turned to wagon wheels...and so at last storks returned to Shora.
Original title: The Wheel on the School
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult