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Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann
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Struwwelpeter (1845)

by Heinrich Hoffmann, Anne Grahame Johnstone

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“Der Struwwelpeter” is Heinrich Hoffman's classic collection of moral fables for children. The message of the lavishly illustrated book is that children who are disobedient or display antisocial behavior will suffer a hideous fate. Children like Harriet (who plays with matches), Little Suck-a-Thumb, Fidgety Philip, and the Inky Boys ignore the sound advice of their elders and are swiftly punished or destroyed by their own behavior or by supernatural forces. It is an example of a code of behavior very different from modern books for kids which encourage boldness, curiosity, and individualism, and in which mistakes are forgiven and seen as a way to learn and grow. In “Der Struwwelpeter,” children are meant to learn to conform through fear and threat of injury or death.

I think this book could rpvoke some interesting discussions in middle school and up about societal norms and expectations and the methods we use to teach kids to abide by them. It's also extremely chuckle-inducing and fun to read in as serious a voice as one can maintain. ( )
  motorbuffalo | Jun 20, 2017 |
At first look, this seems highly in appropriate to read to children. However, after reading more about the author's motivation for writing it, in a time where children's books were dry and laden with obvious and rigid lessons, I can appreciate this book. Originally in German, this classic gives gruesome cautionary tales to ill-behaved children. When read with an open mind, humor can be found in the consequences for the defiant actions of some children. The thumb sucking one is outrageous, and some parents might not feel too comfortable with the content, but I'm sure a child would even be able to interpret the exaggeration of it all.
  carrier3 | Jun 2, 2016 |
Fun children's classic whose illustrations really appealed to me. Doesn't really stand out to me as a one off but definitely enjoyed the story and the characters involved. ( )
  SineadB | Dec 7, 2015 |
Fun children's classic whose illustrations really appealed to me. Doesn't really stand out to me as a one off but definitely enjoyed the story and the characters involved. ( )
  SineadB | Dec 7, 2015 |
Fun children's classic whose illustrations really appealed to me. Doesn't really stand out to me as a one off but definitely enjoyed the story and the characters involved. ( )
  SineadB | Dec 7, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Heinrich Hoffmannprimary authorall editionscalculated
Johnstone, Anne Grahamemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kuijper, JanTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nydorf, CharlesTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sauer, WalterEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Applebaum, J. D.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kredel, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Twain, MarkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zipes, Jack DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486284697, Paperback)

One of the most popular and influential children's book ever written, this time-honored tale — sure to produce lots of giggles — describes the gruesome consequences that befall children who torment animals, play with matches, suck their thumbs, refuse to eat, and fidget at meals. A collector's item, written in rhyming couplets and illustrated by the author.

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Presents a collection of German cautionary tales, featuring such characters as Shock-Headed Peter, Cruel Frederick, Little Suck-a-Thumb, and the Inky Boys. Includes a brief biography of the author.

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