(Pdf/E–book) Hans Brinker; or the Silver Skates A Story of Life in Holland author Mary Mapes Dodge

What a delightful book this is I am enerally 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 reat deal of history descriptions of customs and well drawn images of the countryside and the cities The history was interwoven into the story countryside and the cities The history was interwoven into the story a roup of boys showed off their land to a visiting English lad It was done deftly so that you could learn a Mrs. Frola and Mr. Ponza, Her Son-in-Law 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 aood moral purpose and would make a worthwhile read for them all the same I m reading this to decide if it The Need gets to stay with me or not I have a very very bad or maybeood habit of buying books I haven t read because I ve heard they re Nzinga 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 aood thing I bought it several years ago and am just now Whales (Blastoff! Readers) (Oceans Alive) 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 This is one of the Real Estate Appraisal greatest books for children I ve ever met Indeed you won t meet such books nowadays not with such a beautiful language and suchood 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 tuli Worst Book Ever Okay maybe not the worst the tuli Worst Book Ever Okay maybe not the worst 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 Not very engaging overall kind of boring However ives a ood history of Dutch lifeliving I m lad 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 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 orig. 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 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 A Story of Life in Holland

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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 round but I do consider it a ood reaction to the book falls in the middle round but I do consider it a Plague of Shadows (The Aldoran Chronicles good notreat novel and solidly like it Luxuries unfit us for returning to hardships easily endured beforeThat is one of the little ems 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 enerations 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 irl 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 iven to the journey of a roup 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 after all are homeopathic preparations of Holland stockAND The Dutch 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 " of the past are mentioned There s also the tale of the Rasphouse which 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 et 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 Prince Valiant and the Golden Princess (Prince Valiant Book 5) get seduced by the fast American lifestyle just live the simple life and save for the future I like that My klompen stillo 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 Arium go aboardBook Season Winter frozen waterways 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 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 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 itives on the Netherlands Overall it s rather charming. Ing work of Dodge and Carsey to a new eneration 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. ,
Inally 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 in 1865 and 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 ot 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 Wolf Packed Pussy 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 twoave 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 history and by the chatty style that is to say like some other older authors Dodge will breach the so 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 eographic 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 rows out of the events and the writing is " her writing but this is done in a way that The Safar Nameh , سفرنامه grows out of the events and the writing is 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 anyood 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 et into the plot Barb and I are living proof as are other Goodreaders and adult readers can certainly appreciate some of the deadpan. Ans 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 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 enchant. ,

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