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Set in the Netherlands, the beautiful land of windmills, tulips, and wooden shoes, the story concerns the experiences of the impoverished Brinker family, including the thrilling race for the silver skates. The good deeds of the Brinker children, Hans and Gretel, help to restore their father's health and bring about their own good fortune. Mary Mapes Dodge also included many interesting details about Dutch family life and the history and geography of the country.

Although Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates was published over 140 years ago, it continues to delight countless readers with its story of a virtuous family that inspires us all to have the courage to pursue our dreams.

(P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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  • Any Time Now, Jesus
  • 18-04-21

An Enjoyable Opportunity to Learn

Listen and learn of the remarkable and unique nation, culture, history, and people which is the Netherlands.

Learn and be encouraged by the decency and humanity of the Brinker family and their neighbors, friends, and fellow citizens as the best of them exemplify a higher way to live as families and citizens in society.

This title is well worth the time of persons of all ages.

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  • Martha Vansyckle
  • 15-06-22

Classic

This is a timeless classic as it transports you to Holland. Amazing that it was written in the late 1800’s

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  • Irene
  • 01-06-22

great story, too much description

great story, but a bit too much description of information about holland,, non essential to story.

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  • Kindle Customer 13
  • 02-05-22

Wonderful Story

This is a wonderful story and has so many wonderful things to recommend it. In fact, most of the meat of the tale is excellent! I recommend as a read to anyone. However, be prepared for parts to drag since the author also gets quite long winded in her love letter to Holland at times. I love historical information so it works for me, but others may have some struggles in those sections.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-04-22

One of the best stories of all time

My kids and I loved this story! Here’s what we loved: the character development, the rich language, the lessons learned by the characters’ examples, the insights gained about life in a different time and place, the historical background, how so many parts of the story plot were well-woven together, and the overall feeling of goodness we felt as we listened. We will listen to this again and again! This book should be on everyone’s bookshelf!

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  • Cindy M. Hauser
  • 24-01-22

Very informative

This is an older book, so much more slowly paced. There are a couple of stories, but a lot of history, art and geography. This would be a great book For homeschoolers use for a unit study on Holland.

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  • Cherie Hansen
  • 19-11-21

Silver skates

I always find it so interesting to get a glimpse into what life was like in 1846. You can see what it was then with all the prejudice of the upper class for the poor and working class and yet it is about social reforms and change. The description of life in Holland was a bit tedious but on thinking about it how else can one see historical context.

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  • Carol Smithson
  • 05-02-21

A story from 1865 is still captivating

This lovely book has a satisfying story as well as a travelogue of the Netherlands. Best for upper elementary and middle school readers. There are a few slow spots that must be waded through, but the book is well worth the discipline required. Mysteries, a hold up and almost murder thwarted, a thrilling race, and sweet budding romance. A good read.

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  • Alina
  • 17-12-20

nice

i enjoyed this.the narrative was very well done.even the foreign language was a bit fun

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  • SteveJ
  • 14-02-17

I wish I had bought the McDonough narration

What did you like best about Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates? What did you like least?

The story was good in some parts; other parts were a snooze-fest. The author went into _long_ descriptions of the setting and of aspects of Dutch history. A little bit would have been great, but Dodge went overboard, in my opinion. There were too many detours from the storyline.

I wish I had chosen the McDonough narration. Marshall's voice seems well-suited for lullabies, making this audiobook even harder to listen to.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe, because the movie would probably leave out a lot of the fluff that was so dry to listen to.