Life is hard for Hans Brinker and his little sister, Gretel; they are dirt poor and their father is sick. When Hans saves up just a little money, he decides to pay his father's doctor instead of buy those skates he desperately wants. Mary Mapes Dodge's famous story paints a beautiful picture of Dutch life in the 19th century. It also teaches children a valuable lesson on generosity. Listening to John McDonough's performance is like sitting by the fire on a snowy day. His mature, warm voice and carefully placed pauses spark the listener's imagination. With McDonough's help, this fanciful best seller is accessible to a new generation of young people.