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The Hole in the Dike (A Blue Ribbon Book)
This abridged adaptation of Mary Mapes Dodge's classic tale about a boy who saves Holland from a disastrous flood is enlivened by Carle's bright and authentic collage illustrations. Booklist called this story "simple and smooth. . . . A story hour special." Full color.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 1993 by Scholastic Trade
(first published 1974)
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The Hole in the Dike is a classic tale of a hero that doesn't see himself as a hero. Peter, a young Dutch boy, is riding his bike around the town, admiring the dike and its strong walls that holds back the sea. After hearing a gurgling noise, he realizes there is a hole in the dike. Peter tries all night to stop the leak, but is unsuccessful. Soon the milkman came and Peter asked him to go to the village and send some men to repair the leak. Peter was a hero. But he did not see himself as a hero ...more