'Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates'
by Mary Mapes Dodge
illustrated by Edna Cook
Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates is a novel by American author
Mary Mapes Dodge, first published in 1865. The novel takes place in the
life, as well as a tale of youthful honor.The title of the book refers to the beautiful
to enter. The novel introduced the sport of Dutch speed skating to Americans:
In Holland, poor-but-industrious and honorable 15-year-old Hans Brinker
and his younger sister Gretel, yearn to participate in December's great ice-skating
race on the canal. They have little chance of doing well on their handmade
wooden skates, but the prospect of the race and the prize of the
Silver Skates excites them and fires their dreams....
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