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  - Chris - Goodreads

This book was read to me, in German and then translated, by my Oma when I was young. It terrified me but also taught me not to play with matches, not to suck my thumb, to watch where I was walking and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rebecca Frager - Goodreads

One of my all-time favorite books. I read this collection over and over. I was a thumb-sucker and one of my favorite stories was Conrad and the Tailor. 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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