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The Wheel on the School

Written by Meindert DeJong & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
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Why do the storks no longer come to the little Dutch fishing village of Shora to nest? It was Lina, one of the six schoolchildren who first asked the question, and she set the others to wondering. And sometimes when you begin to wonder, you begin to make things happen. So the children set out to bring the storks back to Shora. The force of their vision put the whole village to work until at last the dream began to come true.

Winner, 1955 Newbery Medal Notable Children’s Books of 1940–1970 (ALA) 1963 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award

What Kind of Book is The Wheel on the School

Themes:
friendship
birds
school
storks
Categories:
newbery
Genres:
fiction
Locations:
Europe
Netherlands

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The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
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The Wheel on the School is a favorite of mine from my days as a young reader. The curiosity of the school children and the introduction to life in Holland made a lasting impression on me. I love how the children set out to learn more about their question then work to find answers and a solution.

Readerly Mom
Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader
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7.0 / 7.0

Well-written and engaging, this book is a treasure, completely deserving of its Newbery Medal. It’s set in a small fishing village in the Netherlands, and it’s fun to be immersed in that world. Ultimately, it’s a book about wonder—the wonder of the world around us, the power of wondering and asking questions, and the infinite possibilities when we work together to do something wonderful.

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Who Wrote The Wheel on the School

Who Illustrated The Wheel on the School

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Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak was born June 10, 1928, in Brooklyn, NY. He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and he remains the only American ever awarded this honor. In 1983, Sendak received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, given in recognition of his entire body of work. He also received a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution of arts in America. He illustrated over 80 books. He died May 8, 2012.

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Book Details

ISBN:
9780060215859
Publication Date:
October 28, 1954
Library of Congress Number (LCCN):
54008945
WorldCat Number (OCLC):
26382185
ASIN/ISBN 10:
0060215852
Lexile:
710L
Accelerated Reader Points:
10.0
Accelerated Reader Quiz:
94
ATOS Book Level:
4.7
Accelerated Reader Interest Level:
MG

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