Struwwelpeter: In English Translation

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First published in 1845. Struwwelpeter (variously translated as "slovenly" or "shock-headed" Peter) has become widely recognized as one of the most popular and influential children's books ever written. Heinrich Hoffmann was a Frankfurt physician. Unhappy with the dry and pedagogic books available for children at the time, he wrote and illustrated Struwwelpeter as a Christmas present for his three-year-old son. The book relates in verse and pictures the often gruesome consequences that befall children who ...
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Overview


First published in 1845. Struwwelpeter (variously translated as "slovenly" or "shock-headed" Peter) has become widely recognized as one of the most popular and influential children's books ever written. Heinrich Hoffmann was a Frankfurt physician. Unhappy with the dry and pedagogic books available for children at the time, he wrote and illustrated Struwwelpeter as a Christmas present for his three-year-old son. The book relates in verse and pictures the often gruesome consequences that befall children who torment animals, play with matches, suck their thumbs, refuse to eat, fidget at meals, etc.
Written in rhyming couplets and illustrated by the author, the book was an immediate success. It has since gone through hundreds of editions and been published in almost every European language. The present volume reprints 25 color plates from a German edition (including a bonus plate done for the 100th edition in 1876) with the reset text of a standard English translation. Also included are the full German text and an afterword with a brief biography of the author and note on how the book came to be written.
Children, bibliophiles, antiquarians — any lover of time-honored tales for children — will welcome this new edition of the classic German story.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486284699
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 4/7/1995
  • Series: Dover Children's Classics Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 293,433
  • Product dimensions: 8.18 (w) x 10.46 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2005

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!

    THIS BOOK TEACHES US... LOOK IF YOU DONT LISTEN.. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS. MIGHT BE A LITTLE DRASTIC AT TIMES, BUT HEY, IT GETS THE MESSAGE ACROSS :) I GREW UP WITH THIS BOOK, LIVING IN GERMANY FOR THE FIRST 32 YEARS OF MY LIFE, AND I LOVED IT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2006

    Hilarious - older 'kids' will appreciate it

    I received a copy of this book years ago from my high school English teacher when I graduated. He knew I liked 'twisted' children's stories, and this is not for the faint of heart. Too bad there's no preview pages here - there is a tale about children who suck their thumbs having the thumbs cut off by a man with big scissors. The drawings are pretty graphic in that regard. This book is not PC by any means (The Tale of the Inky Boys uses the phrase 'Blackamoor' to describe someone of African descent) but you have to remember the original publication date. Look at the picture on the front - clearly not for a young child. No wonder it scared another reviewer - I agree with the B&N age rating. Enjoy lines like 'Here is cruel Frederick see, a horrid wicked boy was he!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2003

    This book TERRIFIED me as a child

    Both my siblings and I remember this book with horror. My mother was very upset at the person who gave it to us. I would NEVER give this book to an impressionalble child. To this day I hate to think of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2000

    Achoo! . . . Gesundheit.

    I was born of American parents [on duty in Germany] and lived there 3 years. Mom brought back a copy of a German children's book that she kept hidden - and that we 3 girls loved. We couldn't read it, but savoured the illustrations. Years passed, the book disappeared with other childhood mementos, but our memory of that forbidden book persisted. Recently both sisters mentioned it, so I began looking, and now I've found it, like an old friend, in German and in English as well. This book is better suited for older children.

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