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Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates by  Mary Mapes DODGE - Hardcover - 1913 - from Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts, ABAA and Biblio.co.uk

Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates

by DODGE, Mary Mapes

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New York: Graham & Matlack, 1913. Hardcover. Small 4to. Light green paper over boards with dark green lettering and decorations and color plate on front board. (Ca. 75pp). Frontispiece, line drawings. Very good. A bit edgeworn and rubbed. Tight and quaint edition of this 1865 children's classic. Nonauthorial 1914 gift inscription on front flyleaf from "Uncle Gronseth" to 8-year-old Edgar Hellum (1906-2000), the famed "Bard of Pendarvis" -- resident of historic Mineral Point, Wisconsin who in the 1930s began saving the Cornish miner's cabins that were being destroyed and assembling an entire mini-village of them -- now Pendarvis, a state historic site.


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On Jan 9 2012, Patrick1952 said:
  "What a wonderful story of a close knit family whose honesty, hard work, loyalty, and selflessness is ultimately rewarded while undergoing hardships of poverty, and sickness. You have to admire Hans, who first would have given up his opportunity to acquire a pair of steel ice skates so his sister Gretel could have a pair of her own, and later gives up his chance to compete in the big skating contest so his loyal friend Peter could compete. And of course you must fall in love with Gretel who really has a heart of gold and goes on to win the Silver Skates. It's a shame no movie, even the fine Disney version, didn't follow exactly the story line by Mary Mapes Dodge. This book truly belongs in every household."


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