Hans Brinker; or, the Silver Skates: A Story of Life in

Hans Brinker; or, the Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland ➣ [Epub] ➝ Hans Brinker; or, the Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland By Mary Mapes Dodge ➭ – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 uite sure that she dreaded her father while she clung to he Gretel looked at her mother in or, the ePUB ✓ troubled silence wondering whether it were Hans Brinker; MOBI :↠ very wicked to care for one parent than for the other and sure Brinker; or, the eBook ☆ yes uite sure that she dreaded her father while she clung to her Brinker; or, the Silver Skates: PDF/EPUB or 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 editions during the author's lifetime alone First published in this replica of the edition features the exuisite 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 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 .

About the Author: Mary Mapes Dodge

Mary was born Mary Elizabeth Mapes or, the ePUB ✓ to Prof James Jay Mapes and Hans Brinker; MOBI :↠ Sophia Furman in New York City She acuired a good education under private Brinker; or, the eBook ☆ tutors In she married the lawyer William Dodge Within the next four Brinker; or, the Silver Skates: PDF/EPUB or years she gave birth to two sons James and Harrington In William faced serious financial difficulties and left his family in A month after his disappearance his body was f.

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

  1. Sara Sara 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 adventuresThe 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 pair of silver skates was nothing like the idea that I had harbored over the years I never read the book as a child so somewhere along the way I had adopted an erroneous idea of the plot The actual story was much complex and far interesting than the one had imaginedI’m sure modern children might find this a little old fashioned but it was sweet had a good moral purpose and would make a worthwhile read for them all the same

  2. Werner Werner says:

    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 US; she got her interest in Holland and much of her information from two then popular books on Dutch history by John Lothrop MotleyI'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 second read Reaction to it from the three people in my friend circle who've reviewed it varied sharply; two gave it four stars and one didn't finish it The latter was put off by the material on Dutch history and by the chatty style that is to say like some other older authors Dodge will breach the so called fourth wall at times and address the reader directly Modern literary critics deem this a stylistic no no 19th century critics didn't and I'm inclined to agree with their freer approach; if a writer has reason for it and can pull it off smoothly without overusing it I'm okay with the device I didn't find it off putting here In keeping with the author's intent the book packs a lot of historical geographic and cultural information; in the main this is integrated pretty naturally into the narrative but some of the history can have an info dumpy uality Even when it did though I found it fascinating enough that it didn't take me out of the story of course I'm a history major For me the exposure to Dutch historical anecdotes and folkways was actually a strength of the bookPublished at the chronological dividing line between what literary scholars would later call the Romantic and Realist periods in American literature the novel exhibits aspects of both schools Dodge has an interest in describing the life of her setting as realistically as any of the regionalist Realists did theirs; but she also tells a tale that's emotionally appealing with a struggling family that engages our sympathy and concern It's not a spoiler to say the storyline is upbeat; this isn't a dark tome of moral and existential pessimism and I'm not among those who imagine that novels are better if they are The author also incorporates moral examples into her writing but this is done in a way that grows out of the events and the writing is not ponderously didactic in the manner of a lot of 19th century children's literature Her diction is no difficult nor ornate than that of most of her contemporaries and shouldn't pose a real problem for any good readerI didn't recommend this specifically for children though I think modern kids who aren't put off by reading about characters who lived before their own time and who aren't intimidated by the idea that the book was written in the 19th century could potentially enjoy it But there's nothing uniuely kiddish about it except for the fact that the main characters are mostly kids; the children that Dodge was writing for were better educated and mature and had somewhat commonality mentally with adults than most of their modern counterparts Some adult readers today can get into the plot Barb and I are living proof as are other Goodreaders and adult readers can certainly appreciate some of the deadpan humor and the character development through telling detailsIn her own time Dodge was one of relatively few American writers who were widely appreciated outside the US and I think the appreciation was justified As usual my reaction to the book falls in the middle ground; but I do consider it a good though not great novel and solidly like it

  3. Heather Heather 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 itSeptember 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 happensI 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 intriguing There isn't a lot of character development but you still get a pretty good feel for them and most of them are just such good decent kind people that you love them even if you don't know much about themI think we'll read this when we study Holland And it will get to stay with me

  4. GoldGato GoldGato says:

    Luxuries unfit us for returning to hardships easily endured beforeThat 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 FlemishDutch 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 firstAlthough 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 food for the reader It all eventually comes back to the little poor family and the uest for a happy endingI really enjoyed reading this book and its various descriptions we Americans who after all are homeopathic preparations of Holland stockAND The Dutch have always been forced to pump for their very existence and probably must continue to do so to the end of timeThe frightening possibility of being flooded in the middle of the night is never forgotten here as the tragic floods of the past are mentioned There's also the tale of the Rasphouse which was a cell for lazy prisoners Into this tiny space would pour a steady stream of water and the prisoner would have to pump constantly to keep himself from drowning Very interesting Mostly I loved the family spirit and the steady get through the day background which also permeated my own parents 'Little and often soon fills the pouch' was a motto for my mother that is don't get seduced by the fast American lifestyle just live the simple life and save for the future I like that My klompen still go out every December 6th albeit with Flemish not Dutch tokensAs Samuel Butler versed A land that rides at anchor and is moor'dIn which they do not live but go aboardBook Season Winter frozen waterways

  5. Ilona Ilona says:

    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 hiser childhood1 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 buildingLouder and louder it grew until it became like the din and roar of some mighty tempest or like the ocean surging upon the shore In the midst of the tumult a tinkling bell was heard; another answered then another and the storm paused as if to listen The bells grew bolder; they rang out loud and clear Other deep toned bells joined in; they were tolling in solemn concert—ding dong ding dong The storm broke forth again with redoubled fury—gathering its distant thunder The boys looked at each other but did not speak It was growing serious What was that? Who screamed? What screamed—that terrible musical scream? Was it man or demon? Or was it some monster shut up behind that carved brass frame—behind those great silver columns—some despairing monster begging screaming for freedom? It was the Vox Humana At last an answer came—soft tender loving like a mother's song The storm grew silent; hidden birds sprang forth filling the air with glad ecstatic music rising higher and higher until the last faint note was lost in the distance The Vox Humana was stilled; but in the glorious hymn of thanksgiving that now arose one could almost hear the throbbing of a human heart What did it mean? That man's imploring cry should in time be met with a deep content? That gratitude would give us freedom? To Peter and Ben it seemed that the angels were singing Their eyes grew dim and their souls dizzy with a strange joy At last as if borne upward by invisible hands they were floating away on the music all fatigue forgotten and with no wish but to hear forever those beautiful sounds2 Strange as it may seem never having been to the Netherlands Mary Mapes Dodge created the book that made thousands of people visit this country There are some chapters which are entirely devoted to the description of Dutch cities and way of life Silver Skates is a real encyclopedia of Dutch culture so anyone who reads it for the first time will certainly find something new and curious for himself3 The plot is uite interesting if you don't mind many descriptions but this is NOT a page turner This is a book of atmosphere so to say you are to take delight in reading it slowly carefully attentively if you want something exiting with a complicated plot structure than leave this book for a suitable mood4 And of course I can't but admit that Hans Brinker or Silver Skates is a moralistic book but it's lessons are not boring ones they are put not only through the words but through the situations through the characters themselves This book teaches children to be kind generous honest to be grateful to their parents and true to their friendsI hope I've said enough to persuade ou that this work is worth reading and if not just open the first page and the book will speak for itself

  6. Sarah Grace Grzy Sarah Grace Grzy 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

  7. Megan Anderson Megan Anderson 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 some of the other boys are how the authors imagined children and the history of Holland asides are in there to educate small children back in the day but the book was much too long and drawn out to actually be entertaining especially for a modern reader I wouldn't recommend this at all15 on here 110 for myself

  8. Lisa Vegan Lisa Vegan says:

    I loved this book as a kid and reread it several times It was especially enjoyable while eating Dutch chocolate shoes ; This book made me fascinated with all things Holland I still have the edition I read when I was 8 or 9

  9. Krista Krista says:

    Not very engaging overall kind of boring However gives a good history of Dutch lifeliving I'm glad I read this My oldest son read it as well he too found it boring I don't know why this is considered such a classic Christmastime book? I also felt the book could have been shortened a lot I will be reading a picture book version with my daughter let's hope it's not as boring Lol

  10. gaudeo gaudeo says:

    This is an old fashioned children's book with a story meant to encourage the development of character and Christian values in its readers I might be frustrated with its didactic tone if it were not for the fascinating background it gives on the Netherlands Overall it's rather charming

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