My previous title, Watership Down, I confessed was little more than a somewhat vague memory in terms of the detail of the book, although the overall impression of the book remains quite vivid, and today’s title falls into the same category. I remember my parents reading Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates aloud to us, and although the details of the story are now foggy (which makes me want to read it again!), I remember being fascinated by the cultural and historical context, the compelling mystery of the complex and layered story, and the triumphant and redemptive conclusion that literally brought me to tears as we finished reading. Just writing about these impressions makes me want to re-read it again!
“Set against a backdrop of frozen canals in a winter wonderland, the year’s most exciting event in a little Dutch village is about to take place. But will Hans Brinker and his sister Gretel, with their hand-carved wooden skates, be able to compete against their well-trained young friends who own fine steel blades?” [from Amazon.com]