A photo-documentary about a fast disappearing phenomenon--a final note explains that even the 100-year-old, rural northern Vermont school presented here has since been discontinued in its one teacher, six-grade form, with children bussed to nearby schools. But in the book, patterns dating back 250 years prevail: repairs are cooperatively undertaken by parents and neighbors, the school serves as the community center, older students help younger ones, teacher and children form almost a family unit in which custodial chores and chicken soup as well as lessons are shared. Modern improvements are also available: the school owns a computer to which a printer, bought with money earned by the children, is added. They have a student teacher and visiting music and gym instructors; creative activities include using Sendak's Wild Things as inspiration for Halloween costumes (they skip story reading to make masks--this is the only time shared literature is mentioned). A detailed, affectionate, accurate, upbeat portrait, much enhanced by the author's clearly reproduced, candid black-and-white photos.