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The Dutch Twins

Lucy Fitch Perkins

Book Overview: 

The Dutch Twins are Kit and Kat, 5 years old and not yet big enough to be called by their real names, Christopher and Katrina. They live in a typical Dutch household, around the turn of the last century. The book follows their day-to-day adventures and accidental mishaps.

The book is the first of a series of stories about twins in different countries, meant to give children an idea of life and customs in various parts of the world.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .There were eleven, and so she gave back one. Then she gave Kat the money for the onions, and Kit the money for the cabbage.

Father Vedder said, "Now Kit and Kat, by and by, when you get hungry again, you can go over to Vrouw Van der Kloot's stall and buy something from her. She keeps the sweetie shop."

"Oh! Oh!" cried Kit and Kat. "We're hungry yet! Can't we go now?"

"No, not now," said Father. "We must do some work first."

The Twins helped Father Vedder a long time. They learned to count ten and to do several other things. Then their father gave them the money for the cabbage and the ten onions they had sold to Vrouw Van der Kloot, and said,

"You may walk around the market and look in all the stalls, and buy the thing you like best that costs just two cents. Then come back here to me."

Kit and Kat set forth on their travels, to see the world. They each held the money tightly shut in one hand,. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Adorable story of two little twins in Holland. Their names are Katrina and Christopher, but they are called Kit and Kat until they are 4 1/2 feet tall. I read this to my kids & they adored it! It was written a hundred years ago- just the kind of stories I love. It's a great way to learn about...more

We finished this as a read-aloud a couple of weeks ago but I’m just now getting around to rating it. We loved this book, it was delightful and fun. The boys giggled on more than one occasion. We are continuing with the series.

* There was one word that was out of date and meant something COMPLETEL...more

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Kit and Kat are twins. They live in Holland with their mother and father. Kit and Kat are not their real names; their real names are Katrina and Christopher, but they will not be called Katrina and Christopher until they are four and a half feet tall and that will be a long time fro...more

Cute Cute Cute!!!

Quaint and informative

This is an interesting book for younger readers, telling of the life of children in Holland. Should be required for 3rd to 4th grade readers. I liked the suggestions for teachers at the end.

Sweet stories of ordinary events in the lives of Kit and Kat, Dutch twins, written in 1911.

Good thing: I smiled a lot while I read about Kit and Kat's 'adventures' - learning to ice skate, helping their father take produce to market, and going fishing with their grandfather.

Bad thing: It's a sham...more

This was a very cute story about twins and their adventures in Ireland. I enjoyed the story and will read another story of their adventures.

I really wanted to be able to recommend this ...but in spite of the author's charming tone and simple, captivating black and white illustrations, I can't recommend this particular volume in the series be given to impressionable youngsters… but for adults THE DUTCH TWINS is a historically fascinat...more

I think I stole this book from my mom's bookshelf when I was 6 when I first read the book. Twenty years later this book is mine! It's a charming account of the story of two small twins and their lives in Holland. The prose is good and the illustrations are simple, yet charming. I recently found o...more

The Dutch Twins are now more than a hundred years old and showing signs of age I think. Sweet, slow stories that held more historical interest than anything for me. I did get to try an old Dutch pudding because of it, and that's always good. I don't think they would have held my son's interest wh...more

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