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The 39th book by Miss Read (the real-life Dora Saint) is a delightful collection of 40 stories, first published 40 years ago in England, and based on her own lifelong involvement with country schools as a village schoolteacher in the Berkshires. 94 line drawings....

Title : Tales from a Village School
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ISBN : 9780783814421
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 190 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Tales from a Village School Reviews

  • Romy
    2019-02-15 22:09

    Adorable book of short pieces on the subject of a village school in rural England. These are vignettes from an old-fashioned, innocent world that has disappeared. I was hoping to read a novel set in an English village because I love books about English village life and this isn't quite it, but it's a quaint, gentle read.

  • Teri-K
    2019-01-21 18:27

    I love Miss Read. Over the years I've collected all of her books and read them many times. This one is a collection of short pieces surrounding an anonymous village school. There's not plot but the stories are arranged around one year of school. Light and fun reading celebrating life with small children and the outdoors.

  • Terry Southard
    2019-01-24 22:24

    This is probably my first Miss Read book and the only one my library had at hand. I didn't realize it was short essays, rather than a connected story. Enjoyed it, will be looking forward to the others, the first 3 of which I have just ordered from Amazon.

  • Anne
    2019-02-20 23:19

    I suppose that, given the age of this, I should have expected to encounter racism, but I really wasn't prepared for a six year old who is bad in all sorts of ways just because he's a 'gypsy.' It doesn't get better as the book goes along.I also had difficulty with the prose style. This is a collection of vignettes, and in many cases, the author seems to glide right past the details that I would have liked to see so that I felt like I was reading fragments of a scene instead of a complete work. I suspect that some of that is that I have no experience with the time, place, and culture that the stories are embedded in.

  • Susan
    2019-01-24 17:12

    I love Miss Read's books. This is one of her more minor ones - a collection of the essays she write about life as a country schoolteacher for magazines like Punch and the Times Educational Supplement - but still a pleasure for its scenes of English village life and her great ability to connect the reader to nature and the seasons.

  • Charlie Trafford
    2019-01-29 21:30

    Its another of those "one off" Miss Read books, light reading at its best, you can dip in and out of this book, amusing little anecdotes in the life of a village school, my favourite short story was "the lucky hole". I would imagine Miss Read drew on her memories as a teacher herself, all in all a sweet book.

  • Kyra
    2019-02-16 19:28

    My mother loved all the Miss Read books - yikes ! This book consists of tiny vignettes of village school life in rural England - the charming rural England of rooks and vicars and jam pasties. I hate to say this but it made me smile and sometimes laugh. A very soothing read.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-25 18:36

    Charming to a point, but the vignettes get repetitive, and the narrative voice is condescending. Even allowing for the different times in which this was written, I don't think I'd be thrilled if Miss Read were my kids' teacher.

  • Dawn
    2019-02-17 22:13

    What can I say? I just love Miss Read and found one of her many titles that I had not read.

  • Sal4gal
    2019-02-16 19:31

    Very cute stories of children (about 7 years old) in a small village in England. Witty writing, so true about the cute things kids do.

  • Sharon
    2019-01-24 19:22

    teacher short stories

  • Susan Jones
    2019-02-14 23:07

    I really should have loved this book, but didn't. It was OK, but just seemed to fall short of what I was hoping for.

  • Tracey
    2019-01-30 21:07

    I love Miss Read books and read them whenever I feel down.

  • Beth
    2019-02-21 00:21

    I am a huge fan of British author Miss Read. Village School is one of my favorites of her books.

  • Marlies
    2019-01-30 00:32

    More syrupy stuff.

  • Linda
    2019-01-22 19:30

    I read several of the stories and found the writing charming; however, it didn't hold my interest. I would recommend this to school teachers.

  • Kate
    2019-02-18 23:08

    Short stories based on the author's experience working in rural English schools after WWII. If you have ever worked with children or in a classroom you will relate.

  • Mckinley
    2019-02-08 20:33

    Short vignettes about teaching at a village school. While well written, there was at times not a lot of context causing me to misinterpret aspects of the tale. I also felt a bit of a generation gap.