Pennsylvania Dutch Halloween Scherenschnitte

Pennsylvania Dutch Halloween Scherenschnitte

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by Peter Fritsch
     
 

"No one else has ever created such a fantastic Pennsylvania Dutch Halloween."
-C. Richard Beam, director, Center for Pennsylvania German Studies at Millersville University

The first collection of Pennsylvania Dutch scherenschnitte just for Halloween is accompanied by original poetry in the native dialect with an English translation. As old as the culture itself,

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"No one else has ever created such a fantastic Pennsylvania Dutch Halloween."
-C. Richard Beam, director, Center for Pennsylvania German Studies at Millersville University

The first collection of Pennsylvania Dutch scherenschnitte just for Halloween is accompanied by original poetry in the native dialect with an English translation. As old as the culture itself, this elaborate style of scissors cutting is a cherished tradition. The artful precision used in the cuttings lends a menacing air to dangling spiders and slinking black cats. The poems capture the feeling of the holiday, describing witches dancing with "mystic glee" and Hallow's Eve spirits that "clamor and bump."

A brief introduction reveals how the Pennsylvania Dutch came to celebrate October 31. Details of what they wore, their choice of holiday food, and how they decorated are included. A glossary at the end lists dialect words next to the English translation for accurate interpretation of the poetry, and an instructional page features a pattern for readers to make their own Halloween paper cutting.

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Publishers Weekly
In the tradition of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, Fritsch arranges scherenschnitte (scissor-cut) silhouettes against flaming orange backgrounds. Short poems, which appear both in the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect and in English, mine folklore with rascally and sometimes frightening results, and are set against often symmetrical scenes of angular cats, ghosts, witches, and other devilish creatures. An elegant treat harkens back to early American celebrations of Halloween. All ages. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589809567
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/07/2011
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
540,093
Product dimensions:
11.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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