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The Other Side of the Dale
by Gervase Phinn | Literature & Fiction
Registered by GlitterLover of Leyland, Lancashire United Kingdom on 1/5/2005
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by AnonymousFinder): travelling


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Journal Entry 1 by GlitterLover from Leyland, Lancashire United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 05, 2005

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Amazon.co.uk Review
Amusing and serendipitous memories of Gervase Phinn's first year as County Inspector of Schools in North Yorkshire. The children he meets seem to be little adults, full of the language and prudence of their mostly land-worker parents; able to hold their own on the finer points of animal husbandry and farm management. "Don't yer know yer sheep then?" asks a serious little boy, aged six, whose reading aloud is perfect but whose interest is more in identifying the breed of sheep in the accompanying illustration, which leads to a serious classroom discussion.
Gervase Phinn meets head teachers, checks school curriculums, selects an unpopular winner in a poetry competition, and gains confidence of the shyest and the most stubborn with innate diplomacy. He graciously accepts endless inaccuracies in the spelling and pronunciation of his name--"he's called Mr Grim and he's a spectre"--becomes much sought-after and admired by the county's matrons, and his heart is set a'flutter by a pretty, unmarried headmistress with whom he longs to be more intimately acquainted.
 


Journal Entry 2 by GlitterLover from Leyland, Lancashire United Kingdom on Thursday, July 28, 2005

8 out of 10

Such a quick uplifting book. The man uses such beautiful language and is generally such a positive guy. A gem of a holiday read really. The moments he has with children just add to the feel good factor really. 


Journal Entry 3 by GlitterLover from Leyland, Lancashire United Kingdom on Thursday, July 28, 2005

This book has not been rated.

posting to my Dad in Hong Kong. 


Journal Entry 4 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Sunday, October 16, 2005

8 out of 10

Very enjoyable. Released in the wonderful Museum of Art, Beijing, China at a great exhibition of modern (mainly) Chinese art. An attendant sought us out twenty minutes later and wanted to give it back. We asked him to leave it on a bench for someone else to find. Hope he did, there were plenty of foreigners around!

CAUGHT IN HONG KONG HONG KONG CHINA 


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