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Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates

Mary Mapes Dodge

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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

9h 58m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

19:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:52


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:15


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

12:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

10:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

12:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:59


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

23:28


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

11:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

12:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:11


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

25:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

14:50


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

13:03


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

11:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

13:16


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

13:20


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:45


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:18


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

10:17


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

10:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

11:02


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

16:38


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

16:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

33:18


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

15:55


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:40


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

10:38


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:58