Village School Author:Miss Read Here is a delightful story of a year with a schoolful of children. They are lovable children you could find almost anywhere, a mixture of skinned-knee and smile who are just as likely to lose themselves as their mittens. They live in the English village of Fairacre--a handful of thatch-roofed cottages, a church, the school--and their teacher is ... more »the remarkable Miss Read.
Miss Read, who tells Fairacre's story, is indeed a wonder. her wise heart and discerning eye will reveal to you a whole world of drama, romance, and humor, all with a ston's throw of the school. She will tell you of the new girl, Linda Moffat, set apart from the others by her immaculate clothes, of poor little joseph Coggs, whose father after a night of carousing at the "Beetle" woke half the village in a fit of evangelistic fervor, and of Eileen Burton whose knicker elastic "busted" at a most strategic moment.
As the autumn gives way to winter, you will feel with Miss Read the sweet pathos of the departure of Miss Clare, her venerable assistant who, in nearly forty years of teaching, has passed into village tradition. And you will be introduced, among many others, to young Miss Gray, and the lugubriously comic Mrs. Pringle, who (in a manner of speaking) cleans the two-room school building, with its coal stove, leaky skylight, and primitive plumbing.
'Miss Read' is of course a pseudonym. All that can be disclosed about her is that she is, in fact, mistress of a village school. But whoever she may be, she writes with a blend of humor, common sense, and a loving response to life that give her book an abundance of warmth without an ounce of sentimentality.« less