Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates – Mary Mapes Dodge (1926)


Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates – Mary Mapes Dodge (1926)


A popular 19th century children’s story which forms the basis of the Russian of the same name.

Title: Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates

Author: Mary Mapes Dodge, George Wharton Edwards (illus)

Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1926.

Condition: Hardcover, pictorial cloth. Good. With 8 colour plates. Spine sunned, slight foxing, and a few crayon marks to a few pages at the back of the book, not affecting text. 329pp., 10″x7″.

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About the book (from Wikipedia):

Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates (full title: Hans Brinker; or, the Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland) is a novel by American author Mary Mapes Dodge, first published in 1865. The novel takes place in the Netherlands and is a colorful fictional portrait of early 19th-century Dutch life, as well as a tale of youthful honor.

The book’s title refers to the beautiful silver skates to be awarded to the winner of the ice-skating race Hans Brinker hopes to enter. The novel introduced the sport of Dutch speed skating to Americans, and in U.S. media Hans Brinker is still considered the prototypical speed skater.

In Holland, poor but industrious and honorable 15-year-old Hans Brinker and his younger sister Gretel yearn to participate in December’s great ice skating race on the canal. They have little chance of doing well on their handmade wooden skates, but the prospect of the race and the prize of the silver skates excites them and fires their dreams.