Thursday, 7 June 2012

What's on our reading list in the Netherlands

Since I've told you what we have been reading in Greece and Italy, I will add what we are reading in Netherlands.

The Diary of Anne Frank - we have found several online versions, but with the first many of the words ran together and were difficult to read. This one is a bit better. http://www.readanybook.com/online/42_0.
We have also visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam so that helps us to be able to picture the rooms that are being talked about.

The Hiding Place - this is the story of the ten Boom family from Haarlem. They owned a watch shop there but during WWII, they were involved in the underground and hiding Jews. Eventually their home was raided and all the members of the family were taken to prison. The book tells the story of Corrie and her sister Betsie's time in  prison in Holland and concentration camps in Holland and Germany. After her release, Corrie spent the rest of her life helping those damaged by the war and travelling around the world spreading the news that God was with them even in the concentration camps. She traveled to over 60 countries and wrote over 10 books. We are planning a trip to the Corrie ten Boom House Museum in Haarlem.

Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates - we read Hans Brinker, written by American author, Mary Maples Dodge, earlier on our travels but it is a lovely story of a poor Dutch family and village life. It also describes a lot of Dutch history.

Upcoming on the list:
Peter of New Amsterdam
The Dutch Twins
Dutch Fairy Tales.