Nesthäkchen in the Children’s Sanitorium: First English Edition of the German Children's Classic

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SF Tafel, Jul 26, 2014 - Juvenile Fiction - 210 pages
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 A Nesthäkchen is the youngest child in a family. Else Ury's Nesthäkchen is a Berlin doctor's daughter, Annemarie Braun, a slim, golden blond, quintessential German girl. The ten book series follows Annemarie from infancy (Nesthäkchen and Her Dolls) to old age and grandchildren (Nesthäkchen with White Hair).  This third volume of the series tells the story of ten-year-old Annemarie's bout of scarlet fever, her recovery in a North Sea children's sanitorium, and her struggle to get home at the outbreak of World War I.


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A translation of a beloved German children's classic.Translator Lehrer here presents a new English-language version of Ury's 1921 novel, Nesthäkchen im Kinderheim, with helpful new annotations to ... Read full review

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"The context of the surrounding social setting is fascinating—a snapshot of a vanished world presented with charming, black-and-white period illustrations. Ury’s narrative tone is amusingly sardonic at times—affectionate but assessing, as it aims to appeal to both children and their parents. Her portraits of the various adults that Annemarie encounters are refreshingly textured; they’re not the one-dimensional authority figures that were more typical of children’s books of the time. The story also handles Annemarie’s shifting emotions, from feeling forlorn to gradually coming to like many people at Wittdün, in a lively, often charming way. It’s easy to see why this series might have been so popular with German families nearly a century ago." Kirkus Reviews 

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Else Ury (1877-1943) was a children's author murdered at Auschwitz. Her books are German literary classics. Steven Lehrer translated volume 4 of the series, Nesthäkchen and the World War, in 2006. 

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