Greatest Skating Race
It is the winter of 1941. World War II is raging in Europe. Piet and his family of skatemakers live in Holland (the Netherlands) which has been conquered by the German army. On nights when the sounds of German boots on the cobblestones ring in his ears, Piet's mother reminds the family, "This is what it means to be Dutch. Not only to love skating on our canals but also to be brave in our hearts."
But, how can you be brave when so much has been taken from you and you are surrounded by soldiers and rifles? The Germans have seized shelves and shelves of their best skates for the war effort. Father is serving with the Allied forces in England. And, now, the Germans have come to take their neighbor and friend, Mr. Winkleman, for having a hidden radio that sent messages to England. There is great fear that the soldiers will come to take the Winkleman children next.
How will Piet's hero, Pim Mulier, one of Holland's bravest and strongest skaters be able to inspire Piet to find the courage to do what he must do to save the lives of the children?
War II Literary Connections:
The Great Skating Race by Louise Borden
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