Can young Hans Brinker win the silver skates that are the only hope of saving his family from ruin? Hans and his little sister Gretel live in Holland, a colorful and exciting country of windmills and great canals. Unfortunately, the Brinkers are very poor and their father is ill, and Hans wonders whether they'll survive the long, harsh winter. Then he finds out about an ice skating race, and the prize - a pair of shiny silver skates - that might help his family survive.
"Entertaining except for the digressions"
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.
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This children's classic provides a tender and touching tour of 19th-century Holland. Meet the poor but valiant Brinker family, learn from a young boy's skating excursion full of Dutch history and lore, and experience the exciting race for the silver skates.
"A great book for kids"
Protagonista di questo libro per ragazzi è l'Olanda, con i suoi antichi e curiosi costumi, e il racconto si snoda accanto alla descrizione di paesaggi, antiche leggende, e storie, tanto che il libro finisce per essere una guida fuori dell'ordinario alla scoperta di un piccolo grande paese. Curioso anche che l'Olanda abbia oggi un ruolo di guida nelle ricerche sui risvegli dopo coma o periodi di inconscienza, e che proprio un evento simile sia al centro di questa storia, narrato con dettagli coerenti con ciò che oggi sappiamo dell'argomento.