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Village School [Paperback]

Miss Read , Read , John S. Goodall
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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May 15 2001 Chronicles of Fairacre
The first novel in the beloved Fairacre series, VILLAGE SCHOOL introduces the remarkable schoolmistress Miss Read and her lovable group of children, who, with a mixture of skinned knees and smiles, are just as likely to lose themselves as their mittens. This is the English village of Fairacre: a handful of thatch-roofed cottages, a church, the school, the promise of fair weather, friendly faces, and good cheer -- at least most of the time. Here everyone knows everyone else's business, and the villagers like each other anyway (even Miss Pringle, the irascible, gloomy cleaner of Fairacre School). With a wise heart and a discerning eye, Miss Read guides us through one crisp, glistening autumn in her village and introduces us to a cast of unforgettable characters and a world of drama, romance, and humor, all within a stone's throw of the school. By the time winter comes, you'll be nestled snugly into the warmth and wit of Fairacre and won't want to leave.

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"If you've ever enjoyed a visit to Mitford, you'll relish a visit to Fairacre." -- Jan Karon

About the Author

The prolific Miss Read is Mrs. Dora Saint, a retired school teacher and long-time resident of a Berkshire village in England.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Read is a lesson in adaptability July 6 2002
So often in our 21st century world, we try to live our lives in absolutes. Perhaps we live with more fatalism than did dear Miss Read, and her flock of children at Fairacre School. The story of a rural school where poverty and want lived in many families, Miss Read helped bring beauty and creativity to her pupils. What struck me about Miss Read is her adaptability in the face of sudden village emergencies; a child or a parent who suddenly became in need of attention; an elderly teacher who needed rest. Miss Read and her contemporaries in the village of Fairacre were able to serve the needs of the community at sacrifice to their own needs. Somehow, there is the unspoken view in Fairacre that everything will work out if we pull together for a little while, and everything does. That's probably why Village School and the entire Fairacre series fit readers just as a warm quilted comforter would; the book is a photograph of what life can be when we help each other. This is a book which, in the gentlest way, illustrates the big picture. Sincerely, Robin
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful reading experience June 10 2001
Five years have passed since Miss Read became the schoolmistress of the English village, Fairacre. A new school term is to begin and Miss Read looks forward to it with wonder, some trepidation, but mostly hopes for her pupils including three new students. Miss Read knows that she must help the somewhat frightened newcomers fit into the class as smoothly as possible.
The school year brings its usual learning, fun, and skinned knees needing special tender care. Along with Miss Reed, the dedicated but somewhat old-fashioned yet quite popular "uncertificated Teacher" Miss Clare is back and the gloom and doom custodian Mrs. Pringle is ready to keep the building clean. Finally, the awe and energy of the wide-eyed children and their village relatives offer a new year of promise and hard work.
The first novel in Miss Read's cherished Fairacre series, VILLAGE SCHOOL is a reprint of the 1955 tale that introduced the lovable teacher and her villagers to the world. Though written before Sputnik, the story line surprisingly retains a freshness and high energy level at a leisurely pace even as the remoteness of the village seems impossible in today's Internet world. The enjoyable offbeat cast remains fun to observe and often humorous as life in a bygone era comes fully alive in what was contemporary then but a strong historical now. This demonstrates how good a writer Miss Read is.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Put the kettle on April 25 2001
Bake a batch of scones and settle down to a lovely world, a small English village school as seen through the eyes of Miss Read, a teacher.
These are my run-for-cover books. When the world is too much with me, I find my copy of Village School or Village Diary, wrap up in a quilt, and fall under the spell of these gentle novels.
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