Item description for A Day on Skates: The Story of a Dutch Picnic by Hilda Van Stockum...
Overview When winter finally brings snow and ice to their Friesland village, nine-year-old twins Evert and Afke and their classmates are delighted when their teacher announces that the class is going on an all-day ice skating picnic.
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Studio: Bethlehem Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.7" Width: 10.9" Height: 0.4" Weight: 1.04 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher Bethlehem books
Grade Level Multiple Grades
Edition 2007 Commemorat
ISBN 1932350187 ISBN13 9781932350180
Availability 0 units.
More About Hilda Van Stockum
Hilda van Stockum was born in Rotterdam in 1908. She studied art in Amsterdam and Dublin. She met husband Ervin R. Marlin in Dublin and they were married in 1932. Her first book was "A Day on Skates," published in 1934, the same year as the birth of her first child. "Little Old Bear" was published by Viking Press in 1962. She died in 2006. Obituaries appeared in the New York Times and the New York Sun.
Hilda Van Stockum was born in 1908 and died in 2006.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Day On Skates?
A Skating Holiday in Old-Time Holland (Newbery Runner-Up) Mar 26, 2008
This beautiful new edition of Hilda Van Stockum's picture-book masterpiece was warmly welcomed by my family. You see, until now we owned an old copy from eBay with cracked and brittle pages. But it was still a favorite.
A Day on Skates is a simple story of a Dutch brother and sister who go on a skating picnic with their teacher and classmates for a whole day. For modern children, the setting and events open up the imagination to far away times and places. There are humorous episodes and simple lessons in humanity present in the story. The writing is lovely and engaging. The pen-and-ink illustrations and occasional full-page color paintings are a perfect complement to the story.
A particular strength of the author's writing is her sympathetic view of the human condition. Here is a perfect example from the story:
"Every Dutch boy and girl loves to skate, and every Dutch man and woman, too. And no wonder. Holland with its canals and streams has many miles of ice when the cold at last arrives. Both Evert and Afke had learned to skate when they were very small. Indeed, Afke had been only three when she first tottered on pigmy skates, carefully held up by her father. By now she had become quite an expert, and Evert was even better. He had won several prizes in his school's skating tournaments. One of the prizes had been a beautiful book called Robinson Crusoe, which he had read so often that the cover had come off. Another time he won a silver pencil, which he gave to Afke, and the last time it had been a book entitled Good Henry, the story of a boy who was always good. This he had promptly traded for a penknife."
We bring this book out again and again, particularly on chilly winter days. Although the text is a bit longer than your average picture book, it's broken up into short chapters. We tend to read a chapter at a time spread out throughout a day.
This would make a lovely gift for children of all ages.