A Country Schoolhouse
By Lynne Barasch
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374315771, 40pp.)
Publication Date: August 1, 2004
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Tales from a small country school
In 1940, Grandpa's country school had no lunchroom or indoor bathroom and used wood-burning stoves for heat, but it wasn't completely different from today's schools. Students studied spelling and geography, United States and world history, and learned the names of all the United States presidents. And Grandpa was always the smartest -- that is, up until fifth grade, when Kaye Brush arrived.
With her sprightly watercolor-and-ink illustrations, including endpapers featuring a quaint map of the community, Lynne Barasch draws on family history to give today's schoolchildren a charming inside-the-classroom look at life and learning in a three-room country schoolhouse.
Lynne Barasch is the author/illustrator of several picture books, including Radio Rescue, an ALA Notable Book. She lives in New York City.
"In an intimate style akin to Radio Rescue, both text and sketchy watercolors have a charming innocence that conveys a peek into the past...A+." -- Kirkus Reviews
"This gentle story unfolds nicely, captivating children and raising intriguing questions about the effectiveness of a "country school" education." --School Library Journal
"The art is bright and winsome, with lively lines sketching figures, buildings, and landscapes washed with color. Words and images paint a vivid picture of country schoolhouse life aside from academics...this is an undeniably engaging look back." -- Booklist