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Hans Brinker

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Download 01 – Hans and Gretel audio
Download 03 – The Silver Skates audio
Download 04 – Hans and Gretel Find a Friend audio
Download 05 – Shadows in the Home audio
Download 07 – Hans Has His Way audio
Download 08 – Introducing Jacob Poot and His Cousin audio
Download 09 – The Festival of Saint Nicholas audio
Download 10 – What the Boys Saw & Did in Amsterdam audio
Download 11 – Big Manias and Little Oddities audio
Download 12 – On the Way to Haarlem audio
Download 13 – A Catastrophe audio
Download 16 – Haarlem, The Boys Hear Voices audio
Download 17 – The Man With Four Heads audio
Download 18 – Friends in Need audio
Download 19 – On the Canal audio
Download 20 – Jacob Poot Changes the Plan audio
Download 21 – Mynheer Kleef and His Bill of Fare audio
Download 22 – The Red Lion Becomes Dangerous audio
Download 23 – Before The Court audio
Download 24 – The Beleaguered Cities audio
Download 26 – The Palace in the Wood audio
Download 27 – The Merchant Prince & the Sister-Princess audio
Download 28 – Through The Hague audio
Download 29-30 – A Day of Rest – Homeward Bound audio
Download 31 – Boys and Girls audio
Download 32 – The Crisis audio
Download 33 – Gretel and Hilda audio
Download 34 – The Awakening audio
Download 35 – Bones and Tongues audio
Download 36 – A New Alarm audio
Download 37 – The Father’s Return audio
Download 38 – The Thousand Guilders audio
Download 39 – Glimpses audio
Download 40 – Looking for Work audio
Download 41 – The Fairy Godmother audio
Download 42 – The Mysterious Watch audio
Download 43 – A Discovery audio
Download 44 – The Race audio
Download 45 – Joy in the Cottage audio
Download 46 – Mysterious Disappearance of Thomas Higgs audio
Download 47 – Broad Sunshine audio
Download 48 – Conclusion audio

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Mary Mapes Dodge created an instant bestseller with β€œHans 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. β€œHans Brinker” hits a series of high notes and encourages children to cultivate and display their finer qualities.

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