For Aquinze: “« Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates », a novel by American author Mary Mapes Dodge, first published in 1865. I clearly remember reading it when I was ten years old or so – reading, reading and re-reading… This is probably one of the most striking of my childhood memories !”
I rescued a copy of this just this week. I remember it from childhood too, but I don’t remember where I read it. You don’t see illustrations like this anymore.