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Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates (Complete and Unabridged) Mass Market Paperback – Unabridged, November 2, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0812533422 ISBN-10: 0812533429

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1020L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: A Tor Classic (November 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812533429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812533422
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.7 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,558,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HANS BRINKER was my best boyhood dream. Could I, if I tried terribly hard, become somebody like him? What a shame that hardly anybody knows Hans Brinker anymore. I am delighted that he is being brought back to life. -- Lewis Smedes, Fuller Theological Seminary --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mary Elizabeth Mapes Dodge was born in New York in 1831. Her Grandmother was Dutch, and Mary Elizabeth grew up in the center of a strong and properous family. She died in 1905 after a long illness but Hans Brinker lives on.

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Unfortunately, the plot and story telling left me a bit disappointed.
John Thornton
We gave it to our grandson so that he could enjoy the same book his grandfather read as a child.
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The author is respectful of her characters, and that is important to me.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Anna Stanford on March 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was given this book when I was very young and it sat on my shelf for years before I became interested enough to read it. I wish I had picked it up sooner! But then perhaps I needed to mature more before I could appreciate it. I was utterly fascinated (I read this in my teens) and even the historical "textbook" portions captivated me. I love to learn history from fiction, and this did an excellent job - Dutch history and culture came alive. I have re-read it several times since, and no Disney move can do justice to the book. (Well, I don't believe any movie can really do justice to a book.) The characters are real and we easily empathize with them, the adventure is exciting and the climax of the race does not disappoint. It should be in every child's library.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
How would you feel if you lived in a very poor family? Or your Father was hurt and couldn't work? This is the situation for Hans and Gretel Brinker in Mary Mapes Dodge's, Hans Brinker. Hans is a sixteen year old boy and Gretel is his eleven year old sister. They live with their Mother and Father in Holland, in the 1840's. When Hans was only six, his Father got badly hurt on the head and it effects his mind ever after. One day on his way to the marketplace, Hans sees the most famous doctor in Holland! Hans tells the doctor his Father is sick and needs his help. The doctor promises to visit. Will he make Hans's Father well again? You'll have to read Hans Brinker to find out! This book is fabulous! You won't be able to put it down! It's so exciting!
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With a book like this, many readers cheat themselves by assuming that they already know what it's about, because they heard the outline of the story before, and therefore they have no need to really read it. A lot like the way some people treat the Bible, or at least large parts of the Bible. Anyway, I recently re-read this book to one of my daughters, and can report that upon close consideration, this book is really a retrospective Calvinistic explanation for how old Dr. Boekman finds a successor for his surgical practice, following Dr. Boekman's disappointment in his only son, who never liked medicine and who in fact found a reason to run away from Holland to resettle in England to pursue a business career. The rich descriptions of Dutch history and culture form the context for this drama.
Consequently, Dr. Boekman's whole outlook on life, exemplified by his perpetual frown, descends into depression as he humorlessly goes about his surgical practice, all the while increasing his fame which radiates from Amsterdam far out into the provinces, symbolized by the transportation and communication pathway of the frozen canals, over which all ages and classes of people happily skate through what used to be extremely cold winter months in Holland. These canals have not frozen solid on a regular basis for many decades.
These frozen canals in turn exemplify Dr. Boekman's frozen heart, which ultimately gets melted as a result of the importuning of Raff Brinker's son, young Hans, who cajoles old Dr. Boekman into taking a look at old Raff, who has been an invalid since suffering a closed head trauma while working out on the dikes during a fierce storm.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Historess on November 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
When I was in grade school, I read a biography of Mary Mapes Dodge. which described her personal life while she was writing Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates.The book became the #1 item on my Christmas wish list and that wish was granted. I read the book numerous times during my lifetime and quite unexpectedly as a corporate wife, I had the quite lovely experience of living in the Netherlands in an extraordinary year when the canals froze and when they had actual ice skate racing and kettle sweeping on the canals. I felt I was living in the story which I had read so many times. I hope today's children read it with all the excitement I did and then get the wonderful opportunity to speak the language and live with the wonderful people there.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amy Feinberg on February 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates is one of the best books I've ever read. It is one of the only books that has ever made me cry. This book uses some Dutch words. Next to the word there is sometimes a small 1 telling you at the bottom of the page is a definition. For example in one sentence it says: Lets go get some 1. Tiffen. At the bottom of the page it says something like: 1 Tiffen - lunch.
Hans Brinker and his sister Gretel have been living with their mother who has spent the last ten years caring for their father who got what you could kind of call amnesia while out on the dykes. He has no memory and has sometimes done awful things without realizing it.
Suddenly the Brinker's luck begins to change and they have happiness as well as some pain.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is enchanting! It is truly a classic book! Everything turns out perfectly! It is also very educational. After reading this book you will know so much about the history and geography of The Netherlands. A Must Read!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Davis on August 24, 2005
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I remembers Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates as one of my favorite childhood books and wanted to try it again. It was as delightful in my middle age as when I was seven years old. The forward about Mary Mapes Dodge, when she lived and how she came to write, was an added pleasure. The facts about Holland blended with the touching story of Hans and his family make it a nearly perfect read. My 70-something mother-in-law finished the book in a day and liked it as well. To read it is to feel like you are flying down the ice yourself.
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