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Hans Brinker

Mary Mapes Dodge (1831-1905)

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1. 00 – Preface & Letter
2. 01 – Hans and Gretel
3. 02 – Holland
4. 03 – The Silver Skates
5. 04 – Hans and Gretel Find a Friend
6. 05 – Shadows in the Home
7. 06 – Sunbeams
8. 07 – Hans Has His Way
9. 08 – Introducing Jacob Poot and His Cousin
10. 09 – The Festival of Saint Nicholas
11. 10 – What the Boys Saw & Did in Amsterdam
12. 11 – Big Manias and Little Oddities
13. 12 – On the Way to Haarlem
14. 13 – A Catastrophe
15. 14 – Hans
16. 15 – Homes
17. 16 – Haarlem, The Boys Hear Voices
18. 17 – The Man With Four Heads
19. 18 – Friends in Need
20. 19 – On the Canal
21. 20 – Jacob Poot Changes the Plan
22. 21 – Mynheer Kleef and His Bill of Fare
23. 22 – The Red Lion Becomes Dangerous
24. 23 – Before The Court
25. 24 – The Beleaguered Cities
26. 25 – Leyden
27. 26 – The Palace in the Wood
28. 27 – The Merchant Prince & the Sister-Princess
29. 28 – Through The Hague
30. 29-30 – A Day of Rest – Homeward Bound
31. 31 – Boys and Girls
32. 32 – The Crisis
33. 33 – Gretel and Hilda
34. 34 – The Awakening
35. 35 – Bones and Tongues
36. 36 – A New Alarm
37. 37 – The Father’s Return
38. 38 – The Thousand Guilders
39. 39 – Glimpses
40. 40 – Looking for Work
41. 41 – The Fairy Godmother
42. 42 – The Mysterious Watch
43. 43 – A Discovery
44. 44 – The Race
45. 45 – Joy in the Cottage
46. 46 – Mysterious Disappearance of Thomas Higgs
47. 47 – Broad Sunshine
48. 48 – Conclusion

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Summary

Mary Mapes Dodge created an instant bestseller with “Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates.” She wanted the book to be partly a book of travels and partly a domestic story. It is a tale written for children that adults also find interesting and uplifting. Dodge writes as if she is sending a series of letters from Holland to children in America, and her you-are-there perspective is aided by a nice attention to detail and vivid imagery.The Brinkers are a poor but stoic family under a dark cloud – Raff, the man of the house, fell from the dikes while reinforcing them during a bad storm, and for ten years he has been in a vegetative state. With no steady income, the family’s lot is grinding poverty. Despite their unfortunate circumstances, Hans and Gretel are cheerful children, yet always attentive to the needs of their mother and their present-but-not-really-there father. Their social standing is very low, but they both attract firm friends, even among the gentry, for their honesty, industry, and good-heartedness.Then a glorious skating race is proposed for the town of Broek, with the prize a pair of silver skates for both the winning boy and girl. In the weeks leading up to the race, we follow the adventures of five of the local boys who are showing a visiting relative from England the sights of the Netherlands. Hans improbably meets the one man who might be able to heal his father, and somehow Hans finds a way to afford some skates so that he and Gretel can enter the race.This all leads up to a dramatic, moving, and entirely satisfactory conclusion. “Hans Brinker” hits a series of high notes and encourages children to cultivate and display their finer qualities.

Reviews

kayjay

- Very good

Mark Smith is a great narrator.

Ellen

- Delightful! Lovely Reading!

Mark Smith does the reading so well, not to mention the delightful story! This was an excellent book, I loved to learn more about old Hollond. Thanks!

Gabriella

- Love It

Wow, I love this book. The story is so good and Holland is such a bright fun place. Also it was great narration.

TheBookWorm*

- Great!

This website is amazing and helps so much with reading and hearing books. Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates was very well read by Mark Smith. (TheBookWorm*, Paris, France)