Hans Brinker; or the Silver Skates A Story of Life in Holland Book â 242 pages ò Mary mapes dodge

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Hans Brinker; or the Silver Skates A Story of Life in Holland Book â 242 pages ò Mary mapes dodge ò [PDF / Epub] ✅ Hans Brinker; or the Silver Skates A Story of Life in Holland ⚣ Mary Mapes Dodge – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Gretel looked at her mother in Gretel looked at her or the PDF #9734 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 Hans Brinker eBook #222 favorite for a century and a half and a book that readers continue to enjoy and appreciate long into adul 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 originally 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 set 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 got 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 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; two gave 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 called 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 geographic 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 grows out of the events and the writing is not 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 any good 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 get into the plot Barb and I are living proof as are other Goodreaders and adult readers can certainly appreciate some of the deadpan 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 ground; but I do consider it a good though not great novel and solidly like it

Mary Mapes Dodge ☆ Hans Brinker; or the Silver Skates A Story of Life in Holland Reader

Thood Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates went through than editions during the author's lifetime alone First published in this replica of the edition features the exuisite illustrations by Alice Carsey Brinker or the PDF #8608 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 enchanting work of Dodg Luxuries unfit us for returning to hardships easily endured beforeThat is one of the little gems 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 generations 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 girl 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 given to the journey of a group 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 have 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 was 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 get 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 get seduced by the fast American lifestyle just live the simple life and save for the future I like that My klompen still go 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 go aboardBook Season Winter frozen waterways

Reader ✓ Hans Brinker; or the Silver Skates A Story of Life in Holland ☆ Mary Mapes Dodge

Hans Brinker; or the Silver Skates A Story of Life in HollandE and Carsey to a new generation of children Author and Brinker or the Silver Skates PDF editor Mary Mapes DodgeBrinker or the Silver Skates PDF 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 Not very engaging overall kind of boring However gives a good history of Dutch lifeliving I'm glad 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