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Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
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Apr 26, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011, classics, childrensbooks, abandoned, 19th-century
Read from June 18 to 19, 2011 , read count: 1

would only be tolerable if abridged. I liked the story of Hans and his little family, their tragedy and their determination to get through it. But then somehow we got this group of young boys who were allowed to spend a winter holiday unsupervised with plenty of money skating all over Amsterdam, having various adventures, and delivering long tedious lessons about Dutch life and history and culture to the token English boy who makes all this slightly plausible. I SOOOOOOO didn't care. If want to read Dutch history - and I wouldn't mind, actually - I will, but if I want to read about the Brinkers, and I did when I picked up the book, TELL ME THE STORY YOU STARTED IN THE FIRST PLACE! Skipped to end, where of course, everything turned out happily ever after. So there.
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Grandma I had this book when I was little also, Heidi and Black Beauty. Loved the last two.

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