Der Struwwelpeter

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Bertelsmann-Club, 1999 - Social Science - 111 pages
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Now just over 150 years old, "Struwwelpeter (Slovenly Peter)" offers an unforgettable and morbid collection of stories that show the horrific outcomes of naughty behavior. 66 illustrations, 24 in color.

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User Review  - Prashant - Goodreads

The first english version of this book came around 1848. The stories are as mentioned in the title "fearful" and there are no efforts put to make the illustrations appropriate/less fearful for ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lucas - Goodreads

Struwwelpeter is an old collection of very traumatic children's tales. The premise appears to be if you scare the crap out of your kid, you will also scare the thumb out of their mouth and make them ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Heinrich Hoffman, a doctor of psychology in Frankfurt, is remembered as the author of a single, short book of moral parables in verse for children, which achieved enormous popularity. When his Struwwelpeter (Slovenly Peter) appeared in 1845, the first edition was sold out in a few days. By 1925, when the copyright expired, well over 500 editions had appeared. The book was widely translated and imitated. Mark Twain was so delighted with the book that, despite his poor knowledge of German, he produced a loose translation for his children. The contemporary reader will probably be disturbed by the harsh punishments given to children: a boy who persists in sucking his thumb has the thumb cut off by a tailor, while two children who make fun of a black boy are dipped in chocolate, to be eaten at Christmas. But the style of the book is humorous, and even most children probably knew the punishments were not to be understood literally. That Struwwelpeter is not currently in print in the United States shows that the popularity of the book has, in this country at least, finally declined. But several generations were raised on the book, and copies may often be found in libraries and used bookstores.

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