©2004 Lynne Barasch; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"A child-friendly history lesson made relevant with details like built-in inkwells, lunch boxes, flypaper strips, and peeing in the snow, proving that kids in a small country school learned better than those in a big city school." (Kirkus Reviews)
The print version is hard to beat because it has such sweet drawings, but I was glad to learn there was an audio version.
A child's grandfather explains what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse in 1940 in rural America. Many kids worked at their family farms before starting their school day. Indoor plumbing doesn't come to the school until the narrator is in 3rd grade. The setting sounds idyllic and innocent. My thoroughly modern touchscreen-loving kids adore the story even though it seems light years away.
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