Good protected dustwrapper. Ex library.
Althought the downland village of Fairacre and Miss Read's school may still look as they did one hundred years ago, there have been changes for the better; electricity and mains water have made life much more comfortable; families are smaller, there is less acute poverty, and many families now own a car. But there is a price to pay for these changes. The community is saddened to see old cottages being bought by outsiders who alter them beyond recognition. Whilst the car broadens horizons it can also take children to other schools, and Miss Read is worried about the failing numbers at Fairacre School. She is also most anxioius about her friend Dolly Clare who is now in her final illness. But Miss Read's old college friend Amy gives support, and life is always stimulated by the energetic children and the bristling indignation of Mrs Pringle, the school cleaner.