The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge - Land of Tales

The Silver Skates

Mary Mapes Dodge

Children's Novels

Hans and his younger sister Gretel live in Holland and dream about participating in December’s ice skating race. But they have no time and very little money as they have to work to support their family after their father suffers a severe injury. With the race just a few days away, Hans goes to buy a pair of steel skates, but he meets Dr. Boekman and offers to help finance his father’s life-saving surgery with the small sum he has managed to put aside. The young boy’s gesture deeply moves Dr. Boekman, who decides to perform an operation that will soon change everyone’s fortune.