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Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates (Dover Evergreen Classics)
     

Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates (Dover Evergreen Classics)

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by Mary Mapes Dodge, Janet Baine Kopito (Editor)
 

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In this classic winter tale, set against a backdrop of frozen canals in a land of windmills and wooden shoes, the year’s most thrilling event is about to take place — the race to win the coveted Silver Skates.
For youngsters of the Dutch village, the time is especially exciting. But Hans and Gretel Brinker, with their hand-carved wooden blades, can

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In this classic winter tale, set against a backdrop of frozen canals in a land of windmills and wooden shoes, the year’s most thrilling event is about to take place — the race to win the coveted Silver Skates.
For youngsters of the Dutch village, the time is especially exciting. But Hans and Gretel Brinker, with their hand-carved wooden blades, can hardly expect to compete against their well-trained young friends who own costly steel skates. Raff Brinker, their father, is seriously ill, and the desperately poor family is struggling to survive. To win the race, the siblings will need a miracle — and a helping hand.
First published in 1865, Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates was greeted with instant popular acclaim. The heartwarming tale continues to delight countless readers today with its messages of virtue rewarded and the importance of maintaining courage in the pursuit of one’s dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486428420
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
02/10/2003
Series:
Dover Children's Evergreen Classics Series
Edition description:
1st Dover Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hans Brinker was an outstanding read. It was one of the books where once you start reading you can¿t stop. In some parts it gets kind of lengthy, but what do you expect from a book? It has excellent descriptions of Holland and teaches you a lot of different words and traditions from the vivacious and distinctive wintry land of Holland. The book is very thrilling at times and makes you wonder what will happen next. At many times I was tempted to read the last page but I warn you it will ruin the whole thing! I recommend this book for everyone, and hope you get to read it, it is a very `filling book¿.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hans truly has the heart of an angel. Not only does he skate about Holland for weeks, but he has the guts to bring back the most distinguished doctor in Holland. He wins the race of skating, and the race of life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On Mother's Day, My Nana gave me Hans Brinker and A Tale of Two Cities. I think that Hans Brinker will be the best of the two because it is more for my age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
IT IS A BOOK ABOUT TWO CHILDREN THAT WANT KNEW PAIRS OF SKATES AND ONE DAY A GIRL LOOKS IN A STORE WINDOW AND SAYS OH MY GOD I WANT THOSE SO THEY HAVE A CONTEST TO WIN IT THE GIRL WINS AND GETS IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book as much as i did when i was 10! At first i was a bit worried about scanning errors, but the typos are not major.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He walks next to his new mate to their new clan. =(Silverwhisker)=
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story. Yet its wordiness might bore some readers. Please persevere, like the poor honest Brinker's do. You'll also be rewarded with a happily ended story read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a great story book with lots of history. It is considered a childens book but i didn't and would never read if a kid. Loved it now as a grandma and great grandma.
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JaneTeacher More than 1 year ago
I remember loving this book as a child, so when my fifth graders began to study The Netherlands, I decided to read it aloud to the class. The basic story is good, and the book has led to many class discussions. However, the book was written in 1865 and the style and vocabulary reflect that. The author includes whole chapters that lend little to the story line, but rather are intended to instruct the young reader on the customs or culture of Holland at that time. I have found myself replacing words here and there as I read for better student understanding. Also, because of this, it is taking longer to read aloud than I anticipated. There are also many, many Dutch words and names on every page. However, if your purpose is to increase knowledge about old Holland, to expose your young person to a classical style of literature,and you plan to give the book to an above average reader of middle elementary years, this would be the perfect book. Just understand that it's a classic book written in the style of more than one hundred years ago, and not the fast-paced edgy writing that young people are independently choosing today. The updated cover is very attractive. This book will not only entertain the reader, but educate them as well. And I did buy a copy of Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates for each of my students as a gift when I finish reading it to them in class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the book it's a little slow at the beginning but then It gets good. It's a great story about two kids in their family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its an awesome book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hans Brinker is a realy awesome book that is old
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book quite boring. Chapter 2 is nothing but details on Holland. The author should have just sprinkled in the details (highlight of good writing) And the rest of the book is a mess--unfocused and jumps around too much. There also should have been more action and suspense in the novel. I did like the children.