by Mary Mapes Dodge from Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates
American author Mary Mapes Dodge wrote “ Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates” in 1865. It’s the story of a Dutch boy, Hans Brinker, and his family. The family is very poor. Hans and his sister, Gretel, are excellent ice skaters. They want to take part in a race to win silver skates, but their homemade wooden skates aren’t good enough for them to win. In this passage, a wealthy young girl has given Hans some money. The children try to decide how to spend the money.