The silver skates, or, Hans Brinkler : a story of life in Holland
London : Blackie & Son Limited, [19--?]
238 pages : illustrated
Covered hardcover used book in good condition.
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.
The book is also notable for popularizing the story of the little Dutch boy who plugs a dyke with his finger.
Dodge, Mary Mapes