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Hans Brinker, in full Hans Brinker; or, The Silver Skates, novel for children by Mary Mapes Dodge, published in 1865. Updates? Corrections? Omissions?
Mary Mapes Dodge, an American author, first published the novel Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates in 1865. Encyclopaedia Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degree.... Hans and Gretel, illustration from an edition of Mary Mapes Dodge's. This article was most recently revised and updated by,, Hans Brinker; or, The Silver Skates - Student Encyclopedia (Ages 11 and up). Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). The story is set in the Netherlands and concerns the fortunes of the impoverished Brinker family. The plot of the novel, however, is secondary to informative details about Dutch family life and to considerable history and geography of the country, which Dodge had never visited.

Hans Brinker is known as the boy who stuck his finger in the dike when a flood threatened, and thus kept the water back.

I love fairy tales, but the story of Hans Brinker is a realistic tale with one curious element: the finger in the dyke.

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But it is also the story of Hans Brinker's skating trip in 1865 along the frozen waterways of the provinces of North and South Holland.
The story of the book takes place in the Netherlands and pictures early nineteenth century Dutch life. The story is set in the Netherlands and concerns the fortunes of the impoverished Brinker family.