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Lisa and Lottie by Erich Kästner
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Lisa and Lottie (1949)

by Erich Kästner

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    The Parent Trap by Vic Crume (infiniteletters)
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    Wie ein Ei dem anderen by Christine Nöstlinger (MarthaJeanne)
    MarthaJeanne: Two German language books for children where sisters discover each other. Neither would be very helpful for children in this situation, although Nöstlinger's (1991) is more realistic than Kästner's (1949).
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  glsottawa | Apr 4, 2018 |
Loved it! ( )
  Bluerabella | Jul 14, 2013 |
I loved this book absolutely to pieces when I was a child and I have also watched and greatly enjoyed the German film version multiple times (the one from the 1950s that had the author, Erich Kästner, write the screen play). It is much more authentic than The Parent Trap (which took some rather huge and for me, unforgivable liberties with the plot). Kästner has definitely managed to realistically portray the many problems faced by children of divorced parents, as well as the irresponsible behaviours that are at times exhibited by parents (separating very young twin siblings, and then not even telling them that they have siblings is NEVER an acceptable option, children are not objects). The novel takes children, their hopes, dreams and desires seriously and is also a reminder to adults (to parents) that children must not be ignored, that they deserve to know the truth, and that irresponsible adult behaviours can have problematic, difficult, even potentially dangerous consequences. ( )
  gundulabaehre | Mar 31, 2013 |
There is such an airy gentleness to this book, a far cry from the crude happenings on display in both the Hayley Mills and the Lindsay Lohan versions of the story that were filmed in the U.S. I suppose the book is a little too German and a little too dated to ever attract a publisher for another English translation, and that's too bad. I enjoy all of Erich Kästner's writing and this book was no exception. ( )
1 vote poingu | Mar 30, 2013 |
Erich Kästner’s Das Doppelte Lottchen was translated into English as Lisa and Lottie, but its plot is probably most familiar to American movie goers of both the 1960’s and 1990’s as The Parent Trap. The basic plot device has been used by many authors from Charles Dickens to Mark Twain and even to Shakespeare: separated twins who meet as strangers and conspire to switch identities. In this case, two identical girls serendipitously meet at summer camp and discover that they are in fact twins whose parents, upon divorcing, each took one twin to live with them. The twins switch places and return to the home of the other parent with the goal of reuniting them. Of course, havoc ensues since though they look alike, each twin has a distinct and opposing personality.
Kästner presents this story in a playful and almost silly manner. Some of this playfulness is writing style, some is the language (although the language in his other famous children’s novel Emil and the Detectives” is even sillier). I couldn’t help but think of the heavy-handed manner that divorce (or any other “issue”) might be portrayed in contemporary children’s literature.
Kästner also gives the young reader a lighthearted opportunity to explore one’s sense of self and identity, showing us “Odd Couple” extremes and demonstrating how, in the end these extremes are tempered by coming together. Finally, it wasn’t until I re-read this book now that I saw the theme of re-unification. Kästner wrote the book in 1949 in a post-war divided Germany. Maybe it’s a stretch, but could this book also have been an appeal for a reunified nation? ( )
  plt | Jan 4, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kästner, Erichprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gillowa, JaninaTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gradstein, LeoniaTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salamon, EwaIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schouten, J.H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Trier, WalterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When they meet for the first time at summer camp, two ten-year-old girls discover they are twins and agree to exchange identities in an attempt to reconciliate their divorced parents.

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