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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

I read this book, as many others have, because it was cited by Beverley Cleary as an influential storybook from her childhood. However bright it may have loomed in Cleary’s memory, it is a rather dull book and by modern standards, very sexist, with references every few pages about how girls should l

This is suitable for emerging readers. It's filled with daily Dutch life of a bygone era, told with gentle humor and the sexism of its time.

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 from n

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 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 out

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