"Can’t cook but doesn’t bite." So begins the ad offering the services of an "A-1 housekeeper" that draws the attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. And so also begins the unforgettable season that deposits the noncooking, nonbiting, ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her... read more
It is 1957, Russia has launched Sputnick. Many school boards are afraid education will change, so they are trying to close the one-room schoolhouses to make money and room for the change. Paul Milliron, now grown and the Superintendent of Education, is the one chosen to deliver this news. ... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
It is 1957, Russia has launched Sputnick. Many school boards are afraid education will change, so they are trying to close the one-room schoolhouses to make money and room for the change. Paul Milliron, now grown and the Superintendent of Education, is the one chosen to deliver this news. His memories of the one-room schoolhouse and the year he was 13 are the tale in this book. That year, many things happened that were memorable: his father, a widower and loving father of three boys, hired a housekeeper through a eye-catching ad in the newspaper, among other things. She brought with her, unannounced, Maurice Morgan, who she introduced as her brother. Morrie was unusual - he was willing to try difficult chores, and spouted high-faluting words almost nobody understood. Eventually, when the female school teacher was gone, Mr. (Morrie) Morgan became the schoolteacher for a group of kids who learned remarkable things, but there was a secret there. Another thing that happened was that Halley's Comet appeared in the sky that year - and Mr. Morgan taught the classes all about it. Paul, as the Superintendent now had a decision to make.
Paul Milliron's memories tell a story that brings out the sadness, triumphs, worries and hopes of a young boy in 1910 Montana. The family is a wonderful one, the new housekeeper and Morrie are, too. All the characters are wonderfully real.
“"People were not a bad lot generally, in what opinion I had been able to form at that age, but there were always some who could drive a nail through a butterfly, too."”Narrator
“Seen her here a couple of Sundays in a row. We figured she was just here for the singin'. Gjuess not.”Isidor Pronovost to the Milliron boys after Miss Trent eloped.
“Beastly.”Morrie after seeing Ambrose Turley chasing down a wolf to the slaughter.
“-- and didn't we just think wehad the world by the tail. High living. All the comforts. Money growing on bushes. But put such trifles up against real purpose in life and all you come out with is ..."”Rose to Paul talking about her life before Marias Coulee.
“You are a challenge, Paul, a palpable challenge. A teacher would not dare to wish for a more ardent student, on those occasions when something manages to catch your interest. therefore it is a matter of bringing your imprimatur more steadily to bear. ----”Mr. Morgan to Paul regarding the level of Paul's schoolwork.
“This is a special year. One that comes rarely. The heavens are going to speak. In a tongue of fire.”Mr. Morgan to his class, talking about Halley's Comet.
“Something has been bothering me. This school and our children are absolutely the best thing Marias Coulee has to offer, but it's plain as day you're used to a higher mental plane. Yet here you are. If you don't care a fig for wages or other attainments, what do you gain from this?”Oliver Milliron to Morrie at the schoolroom.
“Toby, you are an evolutionary pioneer. It may take the rest of humankind ten thousand years tocatch up with you.”Morrie to Toby when he viewed the healed foot.
THE REMBRANDT LIGHT OF MEMORY, FINICKY AND MAGICAL and faithful at the same time, as the cheaper tint of nostalgia never is.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
approaching dread and something approximating adoration—the ingredients of every first sighting of a teacher by those whose fate it is to sit and be taught.Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
EVEN WHEN IT STANDS VACANT THE PAST IS NEVER EMPTY.Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
Sputnik, that emulates the moon—and that will have such a tidal pull on our education system.Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
the trails in the that radiated in us ninny directions as there were homesteads with children, all converging to that schoolyard spot where I stood unnaturally alone.Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
Now that the Soviet Union has sped past this country into space, science will be king, elected by panic.Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
If I have learned anything in a lifetime spent overseeing schools, it is that childhood is the one story that stands by itself in every soul.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
That in the nature of the universe, Rose's spirited quoting from the dictionary echoed all through this, by which things come to be as they are.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
Forever and a day could go by, and that feeling will never leave me. Of knowing, in that instant, the central power of that country school in all our fives.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
Life lays its burden on every soul's shoulder, We each have a cross or a trial to bear. If we miss it in youth it will come when we're older And fit us as close as the garments we wear.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
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