- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (April 5, 1972)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0064400212
- ISBN-13: 978-0064400213
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Six school children bring the storks [harbingers of good luck] back to their little Dutch village. [A story] written with dramatic power and a deep insight into the minds and hearts of children."-- "BL.""0nce again DeJong demonstrates his kinship with children and creatures as he builds up his narrative with brilliant detail and penetrating characterization." "-- Catholic Library World""The whole thing trembles with impatience and anxiety." "-- The Times Literary Supplement""Once more Mr. Dejong has written, with literary skill, a heartfelt story."" -- Commonweal."" . . a happy story, written with the freshness and beauty and understanding of youngsters that make this author's stories unforgettable." "-- Saturday Review""Meindert DeJong thinks as a child thinks. His writing has style, humor, tenderness and freshness. it is difficult to imagine drawings more in tune with the text than these unforgettable ones by Maurice Sendak." "-- The New York Times"
About the Author
Meindert DeJong is the award-winning author of many classic books for children, including the Newbery Medal-winning The Wheel On The Schooland the Newbery Honor-winning Along Came A Dog, Shadrach,and The House Of Sixty Fathers, all available in Harper Trophy editions and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Among Mr. Sendak's other popular books is his Caldecott Medal-winning Where The Wild Things Are.
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In Holland, Shora is the name of the fishing village--the setting of the book. The village is made up mostly older people and there is one small school. One adult named Janus had no legs. One day a student Lina asks the teacher of the school why there are no storks in the village, for storks bring good luck. The teacher poses the question for the class to find the answer. It's because the roofs of the houses have sharp edges and the storks or sea gulls cannot land to nest. The entire village comes together, from old, young and Janus, who has a disability, to find a wheel to go on the roof of the school to bring the storks to nest and bring the village good luck.
The fishermen are bored because the weather has kept them from fishing, so they help, Janus the man with a disability helps, and even the older people help. The people from young to old all come together for one common goal. And that could pertain to any goal in today's world. People working together for a common goal, no matter the age, or disabiliitys Don't let anything hold you back if you have a goal.
I highly recommend this book, no matter what your age, although as I stated in the beginning, it teaches. If you teach younger children--then assign this book for class. It really is a good book for teaching in all societies and ages, but start the young ones out and he or she will learn about working together to accomplish goals--dispite disabilities or obstacles.