[Read] ➻ Hans Brinker; or, the Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland ➸ Mary Mapes Dodge – Thomashillier.co.uk

Hans Brinker; or, the Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland Gretel Looked At Her Mother In Troubled Silence, Wondering Whether It Were Very Wicked To Care For One Parent Than For The Other And Sure, Yes, Quite Sure, That She Dreaded Her Father, While She Clung To Her Mother With A Love That Was Almost Idolatry From Hans Brinker A Beloved Childhood Favorite For A Century And A Half And A Book That Readers Continue To Enjoy And Appreciate Long Into Adulthood Hans Brinker, Or The Silver Skates Went Through Than 100 Editions During The Author S Lifetime Alone First Published In 1865, This Replica Of The 1917 Edition Features The Exquisite Illustrations By Alice Carsey, Whose Sensitive Eye And Delicate Pen And Ink Lines Enliven The Tale Of The Poor But Virtuous Dutch Boy In A Way That Few Other Artists Have Achieved This Replica Edition Brings The Enchanting Work Of Dodge And Carsey To A New Generation Of Children Author And Editor Mary Mapes Dodge 1831 1905 Was Born In New York City She Served As Editor Of The Children S Magazine St Nicholas, To Which She Attracted Such Writers As Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Frances Hodgson Burnett, And Rudyard Kipling She Also Authored The Short Fiction Collection Irvington Stories 1864.

10 thoughts on “Hans Brinker; or, the Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland

  1. says:

    What a delightful book this is I am generally disappointed by children s books, but Mary Mapes Dodge did not talk down to her audience, and as a result the read is enjoyable, even for an adult Interestingly enough, I had thought this book was written by a Hollander, but it was written by an American She obviously wanted her young readers to learn something about a nation that she so clearly admired, so she included a great deal of history, descriptions of customs and well drawn images of the countryside and the cities The history was interwoven into the story as a group of boys showed off their land to a visiting English lad It was done deftly, so that you could learn a great deal without feeling you had just sat through a lecture, and it did not subtract from, but rather added to, the boy s adventures.The story at the heart of the book, a tale of a poor but proud family with a seriously ailing father and a race in which the two children, Gretel and Hans compete to win a pai...

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    Mary Mapes Dodge 1831 1905 was, at the time she wrote this novel, a widowed mom who d moved back in with her well to do family after the death of her financially embarrassed husband Herself well educated by private tutors, she originally began to write educational short stories for her own kids this led to publishing a volume of them, and the success of that book prompted calls for a novel This book, published in 1865 and set in Holland long ago when I first read it, I surmised from the content that it was probably set in the 1840s, which would be long ago to elementary school kids in 1865 , was the result Part of her purpose in writing it, beyond telling an engaging story, was to educate her youthful readers about Dutch history and culture it s a multicultural book before that concept was a buzzword Interestingly, Dodge herself had never traveled outside the U.S she got her interest in Holland, and much of her information, from two then popular books on Dutch history by John Lothrop Motley I ve read this book twice, once as a kid, and again to my wife as an adult both of us liked it 1986 is a rough guess as to the date for the s...

  3. says:

    Audiobook 192

  4. says:

    Super naivi, bet ar ziem gi un labsird gi, k jau decembrim pien kas Un pat diezgan aizraujo i

  5. says:

    Luxuries unfit us for returning to hardships easily endured before.That is one of the little gems which pop up throughout this classic book of children s literature Published in 1865, it was second only to Dickens that year in sales Written by an American who had never been to the Netherlands before the book was written, it has, apparently, been a much loved book handed down through the generations Although I come from Flemish Dutch ancestry, this book was unknown in my family, perhaps because it is truly an American invention Indeed, it even contains the story of the Little Boy And The Dike not Hans Brinker , which is also a pure American legend attributed to the Dutch Strange Hans is a very poor boy who lives with his mother and little sister in a run down hovel They used to have a middle class life with a healthy father, but he fell off a dike and hurt his head Comatose, he is of no use to the family who must rely on poor Hans for any income he can provide The Silver Skates are the prize to be rewarded to the fastest boy and girl in the Dutch speed races on the frozen canals Hans really wants those skates, but his love of family comes first.Although Hans Brinker is the title character, much of the book is given to the journey of a group of local well to do boys who skate through the towns, providing a narrative of the various Dutch museums, Dutch traditions, and Dutch f...

  6. says:

    I m reading this to decide if it gets to stay with me or not I have a very, very bad or maybe good habit of buying books I haven t read because I ve heard they re good Or I want to read them Or they re on sale This was one such book Hey, everyone has read Hans Brinker, I should too Thus far I m really liking it so maybe it was a good thing I bought it several years ago and am just now getting around to it.September 20, 2009 I finished Yes, it took me much longer to read than normal, but I only read it when I was upstairs, with nothing to do, which pretty much never happens.I really enjoyed this book It was sweet and nice and gentle but didn t feel all girly and foofy I think my boys will like it You learn a lot about Holland and about history along the way The story plot is interesting and the characters intrigu...

  7. says:

    A wonderful tale of a close knit family, set in the beauty of Holland I come back to this nearly every winter A perfect read to curl up in front of the fireplace with.

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    This is one of the greatest books for children I ve ever met Indeed you won t meet such books nowadays, not with such a beautiful language and such good lessons to teach I ve read Hans Brinker twice The first time was when I was 11 or 12 and it impressed me so much that till now it is the second association with Holland for me after the tulips So when this year I was searching for something to read during the Christmastime and occasionally saw the title among the list of other Christmas books on some website I had no doubts I should reread it Now I d like to offer a list of reasons why I believe this book to be a must read for children in particular and for anyone else who wants to remember his her childhood 1 As I ve already put it the language is really beautiful , but at the same time it s simple enough for children to understand here I d like to stress that you ll like this book much if you have a good imagination for the innumerable descriptions are aimed to satisfy it and enable you to see everything with the eyes of your own Here is the one I personally liked most of all

    Some one was playing upon the organ As the boys entered, a swell of sound rushed forth to meet them It seemed to bear them, one by one, into the shadows of the building.

    Louder and louder it grew until it became like the din an...

  10. says:

    Worst Book Ever Okay, maybe not the worst, but a really boring, awful book The actual story of Hans could be told in about fifty pages The edition I read on Google Books was nearly three hundred pages long I can appreciate it for the historical things I ve read enough books from this time period to know that the personalities of the Brinker children and so...

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