GERVASE PHINN: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DALE, OVER HILL AND DALE, HEAD OVER HEELS IN THE DALE, UP AND DOWN THE DALE, THE HEART OF THE DALES
This series of books about a Yorkshire school inspector take you to the Yorkshire dales as he travel to schools reviewing their competence. He and his colleagues are not grim-faced critics but warm-hearted, sometimes quirky, intelligent educators concerned to bring out the best in teachers and students. Humor abounds as Phinn records his encounters with the down-to-earth Yorkshire adults and children. Particularly funny are his accounts of the numerous Nativity plays, including a Mary who said she'd prefer to name the baby Gavin. His romance with a teacher provides much interest. The system of school inspection, not practiced here in America,
is also fascinating. Don't know if we could ever do it here, but it certainly works as he portrays it.
(first and last book at Rockport, MA public library, others available from virtual catalogue.
or from Amazon.com)
JACK SHEFFIELD: TEACHER, TEACHER; MISTER TEACHER, DEAR TEACHER, VILLAGE TEACHER,
This series also set in Yorkshire about ten years before the Phinn series is the story of an elementary school headmaster in a small village and his off again, on again love affair with another teacher. Filled with humor, a heart-warming picture of both a school and a village, a mixture of lovable and unlovable people, but all interesting.
All four books should be in Rockport Public library or at Amazon.com