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the greatest skating race
Grade Level
Historical Fiction
Picture Story Book
World History

18 March 2013

The Greatest Skating Race: A World War II Story from the Netherlands

Written by Louise Borden; Illustrated by Niki Daly

This is a fantastic story of the courage and physical endurance of a boy determined to get his friends to safety. During the coldest of winters the canals of Netherlands and Belgium freeze and form a highway of sorts. People of all ages take to the frozen canals and skate from place to place. Only on the coldest of winters when the canals of 11 cities freeze, do the Dutch hold the Elfstedentocht, the Eleven Town Race. It is on these frozen canals that Piet Janseen has to travel on to get his friends Belgium, where they will be safe from German Soldiers.