Set in Holland, the fishing village has no trees so there is nowhere for storks to make their large untidy nests and raise chicks. As storks are believed to bring good luck, some householders put old cartwheels up on their roofs, lashing them into place to make a nest site. Following a storm, two exhausted storks appear at a schoolhouse and the children and wise, nature-loving teacher are determined to create a nest spot for the birds.
This is an enjoyable story for young children and is a good way of introducing them to the fact that other people have different ways of life.
I came to this book after reading DeJong's A Horse came Running. That one is set in America in the aftermath of a tornado strike and shows a boy, an old man and two horses trying to survive and find help. He also wrote Along Came a Dog about a small stray dog wandering into a farmyard looking for a home. In his The House of Sixty Fathers a little boy and his pet pig are separated from their family in war-torn Vietnam, and starving, to be found by an American detachment who look after them. Of them all I preferred A Horse Came Running.