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Pauline knew not to play with matches, Philip's parents told him not to fidget, and Conrad was duly warned about the tailor who snips off thumbsuckers' thumbs—a morbidly hilarious, much-loved classic volume of cautionary verses  In December 1844, Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann, a German doctor, couldn't find a suitable book to give his three-year-old son as a Christmas present. InPauline knew not to play with matches, Philip's parents told him not to fidget, and Conrad was duly warned about the tailor who snips off thumbsuckers' thumbs—a morbidly hilarious, much-loved classic volume of cautionary verses In December 1844, Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann, a German doctor, couldn't find a suitable book to give his three-year-old son as a Christmas present. Instead he bought a blank book and set out to write and draw what was to become his world-famous picture book. Hoffmann filled his book with dazzling and gruesome stories and pictures that he had invented to try to put his frightened young patients at their ease. After its publication in 1845, the book's popularity continued to grow and it has been published in thousands of editions throughout the world....

Title : Struwwelpeter: or, Pretty Stories and Funny Pictures
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Struwwelpeter: or, Pretty Stories and Funny Pictures Reviews

  • Petra X
    2019-02-25 08:46

    This book is the antidote to Disney. It is the opposite of all those nasty, sugar-sweet versions of Cinderella, the Little Mermaid and worst of all Winnie-the-Pooh. (view spoiler)[Worst because Eeyore was, in the original, A.A. Milne version, a sarcastic, depressive real loner of a donkey, not a sweet-natured stuffed toy. (hide spoiler)]Struwwelpeter is all about children getting punished in the nastiest possible ways for their awful misdeeds. I loved this book when I was a kid. I also loved Disney, but I grew out of that, except for Bambi. Have to love Bambi.My two personal favourites of the stories are firstly, Conrad, aka Little Suck-a-Thumb who was told that if he didn't stop plugging his mouth with his thumb he would get it cut off. And when he didn't and his mother was out, the nasty Scissorman came and snip snap, both thumbs gone! Secondly is Augustus, my no. one favourite, who starved himself to death rather than drink the nasty soup he was served for lunch. I had some sympathy there as more than once I had to sit at the lunch table, even missing school in the afternoon, because I wouldn't drink up the nasty chicken soup. (view spoiler)[I know that being Jewish chicken soup is supposed to be in my dna, but it just isn't and I hate the stuff, loathe it (hide spoiler)] Or another time, wouldn't eat the liver casserole, cold with congealed floating grease, or lamb chops glistening with fat...These sort of stories were much more satisfying to me as a child being delightfully shivery.But there was something else. Children have a very highly developed sense of justice. They are forever saying, "it's not fair" about some perceived injustice. Stories like these where naughty children get their comeuppance appeal to kids, they see the fitness of a punishment, rather than the forgiveness and sugary reward and happily-ever-after od Disney that never actually comes their way when they've been very naughty little boys and girls. You can read all the stories and see the original hand-coloured woodblock prints on the Gutenberg site.

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-02-24 02:57

    Der Struwwelpeter is one of those picture books I grew up with, and read and heard repeatedly as a child, so I have an unreasonable amount of love for it, even though it's kind of awful? All credit goes to my German-speaking mom, although I'm not sure if she shared this book with my siblings and me because she thought it was a funny book or was trying to scare us straight.This German children's picture book with moral lessons in poems was first published in 1845, when society (particularly in Germany, I suspect) was much in the mode of "spare the rod and spoil the child." No children being spoiled here! There are ten stories, pretty much all intended to show the horrible things--maiming, death, etc.--that will happen if you are a disobedient or misbehaving child. For example:In "Die gar traurige Geschichte mit dem Feuerzeug" ("The Very Sad Story with the Match"), a girl plays with matches and is burned to death. A pile of ashes is all that remains of her. Her cats (who tried to warn her to stay away from the matches) are crying a river of tears. Just like my cat would if anything ever happened to me, I'm very sure.In "Die Geschichte vom Daumenlutscher" ("The Story of the Thumb-Sucker")--my favorite as a child!--the mother warns her son Konrad not to suck his thumbs, or the tailor (literally, the "cutter"), who apparently has nothing better to do than snoop around looking for thumb-sucking children, will come and snip them right off. But as soon his mother leaves the house, pop! Konrad's thumb goes right back into his mouth. Suddenly this huge tailor leaps into the room and cuts off his thumbs with a giant scissors! Bam!! The last picture shows Konrad standing there sadly, with little stumps where his thumbs used to be. Good times!And so it goes. It's even a tiny bit liberal for its time: There's a story about a guy hunting rabbits where a hare grabs the gun while he's asleep and turns it on him.HAH! Take that!And another story where three boys who are making fun of an African's dark skin are dipped in ink by a giant, stern St. Nicholas so they can find out what it really means to be black.This line from the Wikipedia article on this book cracks me up:Hoffmann wrote Struwwelpeter in reaction to the lack of good children's books. Intending to buy a picture book as a Christmas present for his three-year-old son, Hoffmann instead wrote and illustrated his own book.Okay, I thought this was hilarious as a child, but I'm not sure sharing it with a 3 year old is the way to go. But there it says, right on the title page: "Funny stories and droll pictures, for children 3-6 years old." ("Lustige Geschichten und drollige Bilder für Kinder von 3 bis 6 Jahren.") Just for the record, I do NOT recommend this for sensitive little ones. But maybe if you've got a rowdy 5 or 6 year old ....Anyway, this poetry book is a classic, in its own weird and gruesome way. And I read it many, many times as a child, and I turned out fine! (SHUT UP!)Here's a link to the original German version, free on Project Gutenberg, and here's another link to an English translation that's pretty good, if rather loose.

  • Manny
    2019-03-11 03:53

    I read these classic morality tales enough times as a kid that I knew large chunks by heart. But, let's face it, back then they were seriously out of date, and now they're so archaic that they aren't amusing even as kitsch. No wonder most children today haven't heard of them.So why doesn't someone produce an updated edition? I'm sure it wouldn't be difficult. Here are some suggestions:Scarlett, Who Read Glossy Women's Magazines And Died Of AnorexiaKeith, Who Didn't Believe In Climate Change And Was Drowned In A Flash FloodSaffron, Who Ate Genetically Modified Food And Grew An Extra HeadJames, Who Supported Liberal Healthcare Reform And Was EuthanasedEmily, Who Switched Off Her Family Filter And Was Raped By A PedophileDarren, Who Played Violent Video Games And Became A Serial KillerMadison, Who Questioned The War On Terror And Was Exploded By An IslamicistFeel free to add your own. And if anyone is inspired to actually go and do it, please just mention my name somewhere in the introduction..._____________________[Update, Jul 11 2017]Life imitates art (and possibly vice versa). I hope that some poetically gifted person will take note of Ms. O'Guinn's responsible and timely suggestion.

  • Miriam
    2019-03-01 02:45

    This is some freaky shit.

  • Manny
    2019-03-01 09:01

    I read this innumerable times in English translation as a child, and still know a lot of it by heart... but somehow I had never got around to looking at the German original. OMG, it is the most hysterically funny thing I have seen in at least a month. My German is very, very poor, and even so I found it impossible not to laugh on almost every page. Here's a sample, courtesy of the Gutenberg version. If you also know the English Struwwelpeter, just try reading it aloud while looking at the pictures, and you'll see what I mean. The contrast between the happy, bouncy rhymes and the gruesome story of Paulinchen, who's too fond of playing with matches...Die gar traurige Geschichte mit dem FeuerzeugPaulinchen war allein zu Haus,die Eltern waren beide aus.Als sie nun durch das Zimmer sprangmit leichtem Mut und Sing und Sang,da sah sie plötzlich vor sich stehnein Feuerzeug, nett anzusehn.»Ei,« sprach sie, »ei, wie schön und fein!Das muß ein trefflich Spielzeug sein.Ich zünde mir ein Hölzchen an,wie’s oft die Mutter hat getan.«Und Minz und Maunz, die Katzen,erheben ihre Tatzen.Sie drohen mit den Pfoten:»Der Vater hat’s verboten!Miau! Mio! Miau! Mio!laß stehn! sonst brennst du lichterloh!« Paulinchen hört die Katzen nicht!Das Hölzchen brennt gar hell und licht,das flackert lustig, knistert laut,grad wie ihr’s auf dem Bilde schaut.Paulinchen aber freut sich sehrund sprang im Zimmer hin und her.Doch Minz und Maunz, die Katzen,erheben ihre Tatzen.Sie drohen mit den Pfoten:»Die Mutter hat’s verboten!Miau! Mio! Miau! Mio!wirf’s weg! sonst brennst du lichterloh!«Doch weh! die Flamme faßt das Kleid,die Schürze brennt, es leuchtet weit.Es brennt die Hand, es brennt das Haar,es brennt das ganze Kind sogar. Und Minz und Maunz, die schreiengar jämmerlich zu zweien:»Herbei! Herbei! Wer hilft geschwind?In Feuer steht das ganze Kind!Miau! Mio! Miau! Mio!zu Hilf! das Kind brennt lichterloh!« Verbrannt ist alles ganz und gar,das arme Kind mit Haut und Haar;ein Häuflein Asche bleibt alleinund beide Schuh, so hübsch und fein. Und Minz und Maunz, die kleinen,die sitzen da und weinen:»Miau! Mio! Miau! Mio!wo sind die armen Eltern! wo?«Und ihre Tränen fließenwie’s Bächlein auf den Wiesen.

  • Matt
    2019-03-07 03:53

    According to recent research there was an additional story meant for publication, but was somehow missing from the final book. So, in addition to the stories of the Shock-headed Peter, Cruel Frederick, Fidgety Philip, and Johnny Head-in-Air we can expect to read the following story in future editions of the Struwwelpeter:The story of the Lyin’ DonaldSince childhood, it is sad to tell,young Donald did not behave well.From morning when he bared his eyes’til nightfall, all he told was lies.The truth to Don was nothing morethan “one and one and one makes four”.His wordbook he liked to defaceand blacked out honesty and grace.Became a scoundrel and a crook,took some advice from Adolf’s book.He one day ran for president,still kept on lyin’ with intent.He lost the ballot. That was sweetwhen he cried out Rip-Off!, Swindle!, Cheat!And kept on crying through the nighthis face turned red then blue then white.When finally his heart gave outhe hit the floor flat on his snout.He kept there lying stiff and stillbut no one cared of him untila pig appeared and snacked him quickand only left behind his wig.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

  • Manybooks
    2019-03-19 02:46

    Rating this translation of the classic German picture book is difficult. Yes, Heinrich Hoffmann's Der Struwwelpeter was and still is considered a classic of German children's literature, but nevertheless I still do not really believe that the stories contained therein are at all suitable for some children, especially those children who have very vivid and active imaginations. My grandmother repeatedly read me the German version when I was a child, and some of the stories actually gave me nightmares. For example, I was absolutely positive that the tailor would come with his horrible scissors and cut off my brother's thumbs (because he sucked his thumbs at the time), and the terrible story of the little girl burned to death because she played with matches frightened me so much that I did not even attempt to light a match until I was about 18 years old. In retropsect though, I am actually convinced that it was NOT the text, the narrative of Der Sruwwelpeter, but the author's bold and very graphic accompanying illustrations that gave me the nightmares, that frightened me (as being read Grimms' fairy tales from a standard unillustrated book produced no such reactions, just a lasting appreciation of the tales).Now Heinrich Hoffmann's stories and pictures are most definitely entertaining, engaging to a point (and often very much thought-provoking), and Der Sruwwelpeter is a worthwhile and interesting example of 19th century German children's literature and pedagogy (especially since some critics are now convinced that Hoffmann actually intended Der Struwwelpeter not only as a pedagogical tool for children and child rearing but as a humorous parody of similar such books that in the middle of the 19th cenuty proliferated the German market). However all the above having been said and in my opinion, it is not a book that should necessarily be read to very young children. Older children might well find a discussion of the different pedagogical methods (and whether Der Struwwelpeter might in fact be parodistic) intriguing, but der Struwwelpeter (either in the original German or translation) should really never simply be read to or with a young child without first making sure that the latter will not be needlessly frightened by the stories and pictures (and judging from my own childhood reaction, resulting nightmares are a distinct and real possibilty). The book is a classic, the book deserves to be ranked as a classic, but with Der Struwwelpeter, and especially if actually considering it for young children, "reader beware" is in my opinion most definitely a very necessary caveat.

  • Manybooks
    2019-03-07 01:52

    A classic German children's book, but one that, in my opinion, is or rather can be too violent and also at times too strictly pedagogical for children, or rather, some children. I was actually frightened by a number of the tales when I was a child, and while I have much more of an appreciation for and of Der Struwwelpeter as an adult, it is my firm belief that many of the recounted anecdotes (as well as the illustrations, and in many ways, these even more so) can be rather majorly creepy for imaginative and/or exceedingly sensitive children. I certainly would not simply read this book aloud to younger children, unless I was absolutely positive and certain they would not be too scared by either the stories or the bold, but also often rather strangely uncanny accompaying pictures (I still sometimes have dreams about the tailor with his large scissors, cutting off the digits of children who suck their thumbs). And while some authorities on German children's literature now make the rather intriguing claim that Heinrich Hoffmann actually meant Der Struwwelpeter to be somewhat of a parody, it does not change the fact that both text and even more so the illustrations can, in my opinion, be a source of and for fear in sensitive children.I do have to admit though that there is one short snippet in this collection that even as a small child I found and still now consider absolutely hilarious, namely the episode where the bigoted insensitive bullying boys are punished by Saint Nicholas for having relentlessy taunted an African man by being dumped into a huge vat of ink (and the ink is permanent and does NOT come off). I laughed like anything and with massive Schadenfreude whenever my grandmother read this particular story to me. And while in retrospect, I think she was kind of shocked at my reaction, I thought and still comtinue to think that this was a more than deserved punishment for the boys' bigotry and nastiness.

  • Alexandra
    2019-03-24 05:40

    Ein pädagogisches Verbrechen und ein Alptraum für jedes Kind. Erziehung basierend auf Angst und Schrecken, ungeeignet für Kinder - ja das war die Pädagogik der 70er Jahre, in der auch die G'sunde Watschn noch propagiert wurde, mit der viel zuviele Kinder ins Koma geprügelt wurden. Meine Geschichte war jene mit dem Suppenkaspar und mit Hans Kuck in die Luft. Ein Graus! 😡😡Auf den Struwelhitler in dieser Version wäre ich aber gespannt.

  • Dorcas
    2019-03-11 03:56

    Some kids might be a little traumatized with this book, but I dare say most would love it. All the things threatened to happen when children misbehave actually happen. It's a dark book but amusing in its own way.

  • Daren
    2019-03-12 08:05

    I had read a number of reviews about this book, and have read the Hitler propaganda version Struwwelhitler: A Nazi Story Book, so when I found this book for 50c in a second hand bookstore, I picked it up. My edition isn't that old (a 1981 printing of a 1972 publication) but it maintains the classic artwork, and without doubt has a dated feel to the content - kitsch really.Kitsch it might be, but these morality tales are still funny, and the brightly coloured pictures are great. My daughter is still a little young, and I have been told that she isn't allowed to be shown it (yet?), but I look forward to her getting some exposure to some unsanitised tales.My favourite in this short book is The story if Little Suck-a-Thumb who is told if he won't stop sucking his thumb the great tall tailor will come with his great sharp scissors and cut them off. As you can predict this is exactly what happens! A close second is the girl who sets herself on fire while paying with matches, with her cats watching on.In NZ we have quite graphic and emotionally edgy television advertisements about speeding and drinking and driving. I guess they are the modern version of the 1903 Struwwelpeter stories. Reportedly the advertisements do work, and I suspect that children would take some notice of these stories too.5 stars.

  • Seizure Romero
    2019-02-25 09:00

    Should be sub-titled: "Scaring the Crap out of Children & Adults since 1845" or "How to Traumatize Your Children without Actually Beating Them."Complete with scary-ass illustrations.Hold me.

  • Hana
    2019-03-10 07:01

    This book is wonderful in a gruesome sort of way and the illustrations are the best! My favorite was the tale of the little girl who played with matches, even though her good cats, Minz und Maunz, tried to make her behave. The moral of the story is you should always listen to your cats.The story of the boy who never looked where he was going was edifying. These days he would be looking at a smart phone, not the sky, but his terrible end would be the same! Be warned!!!Thank you, Tadiana for introducing me to this gem.

  • Kwoomac
    2019-03-25 01:43

    I read this book as a child. While I loved the stories of bad children getting their due ( I had three brothers who were always up to no good. I think I wished some serious consequences would come their way), I mostly remember poring over the wonderful illustrations. I particularly liked the portrayal of animals- loved the rabbit wearing spectacles and toting a gun.(I had forgotten all about this until recently reading Petra's great review. Thanks Petra!)

  • Trudi
    2019-03-25 02:01

    This collection of German folk tales intended to "instruct good little folks" has to be seen to be believed. Nightmarish, ghoulish, absolutely twisted ... it's a sheer, shocking delight! The Google preview link above underneath the book cover image offers a great look inside, because this grisly edition is REALLY hard to come by now.

  • Plethora
    2019-03-06 03:57

    The tales told here remind me of Mother Goose type of little rhymes, used to teach children to behave or who knows what awful fate they may meet. Some of these have mild punishments for misbehaving, while others are down right horrific. It is likely that these short verses worked well at keeping children out of too much trouble when they were written in 1845, while children may not have truly believed the outcomes they probably didn't want to step out of line either. Children today, overall, are so desensitized and at early ages that most probably wouldn't have nightmares after hearing these, especially if read in that sing songy way one reads rhymes. That being said, if you have a sensitive child, you may want to skip a few of these, I know at a young age my daughter would have not enjoyed a few of these, and honestly even now as a teen she would probably say, really, why, she prefers happy things, well most of us do.I would give this edition an additional star because it would be a wonderful resource for someone that is learning, our wanting to brush up on, their German or Latin. Each rhyme is presented in all the languages, the third being English. Originally written in German they have become a favorite to be translated into Latin because the easily transform into the medieval poetry pattern. Enough and Latin see only the top of the iceberg as far as translations go, these have been translated into over 100 different languages/dialects. This edition also includes a section at the end where the works have been modernized a bit and presented in English only. These modernizations kept with the original, but mostly looked at changing a few words here and there to use terminology that would make more sense to today's children. Of course, as with any good children's book, colorful pictures can be found accompanying the tales as well.I also placed a hold on Struwwelpeter: Humor or Horror?: 160 Years Later to see what "they" have to say about Heinrich Hoffman's work. It is ready for me to pick up, so should be able to post review on it in a few days as well.

  • Lucie Novak
    2019-02-26 06:03

    I only read it as an adult, and the gruesome stories, loved by my mother's generation were loved by my kids, too. And then I saw a brilliant theatre production in London . This book, written by a fellow GP is still fun.

  • Quirkyreader
    2019-03-13 08:05

    If you are a good little child and mind your manners you might avoid the perils in this book.

  • Erika
    2019-03-12 07:02

    Loved this book. Had been trying to get it for years and now I finally have! There's lots of reviews of people saying it's horrifying and cruel and with zero psychological value, and I couldn't disagree more! First of all, the stories ain't all that terrible and shouldn't be taken so literally. The author wasn't killing real kids, was he? And there's a lesson behind almost every story. For example, take the one about the girl playing with matches and getting burn. Isn't that a true thing? Doesn't that still happen nowadays? Maybe if parents told their kids the real consequences about their actions there might be less 'accidents'.Secondly, I think this book is of great cultural and psychological value, a small window to what people taught to their kids back in the 1800s. I immediately started thinking about the Grimm brother's fairy tales, which was published around thirty years before Struwwelpeter. And Daniel Paul Schreber's mental illness case came to mind too! His father (Moritz Schreber) was a physician, university teacher and children's health eminence; his methods were so radical and cruel that they're classified now as part of something called 'Poisonous Pedagogy'. This 'physician' was alive around the time Struwwelpeter was published (actually, his son was born two years before that, so I take it Papa Schreber read it to him quite gladly). It's amazing how it all comes together!I'm not saying you should tell your kids they're gonna get their fingers cut off if they won't stop sucking them (which reminds me of Little Hans, a 5 year old that developed a serious phobia of horses after his mother told him he would get his penis cut off if he kept touching it. Oh, sweet Germany! Thank heavens Freud came into the picture...). Yet, I do think kids should be treated as beings capable of dialogging and understanding the dangers that come with some actions, even if the consequences are not very Disney-like. Stop being so outraged, people. Maybe 150 years ahead in the future parents will be freaked out by Dr. Seuss books, who knows?

  • dv
    2019-03-07 00:39

    Caso strano e affascinante quello dello Struwwelpeter ideato in occasione del Natale 1844 dal medico di Francoforte Heinrich Hoffmann, esempio di pedagogia "metternichiana" tanto letterale quanto cruenta e crudele (e per questo oggi rifiutata) diventato simbolo di un'epoca e oggetto di parodie, "sequel" e interpretazioni le più diverse. Famoso quanto Pinocchio nelle culture nordiche, da noi è un personaggio misconosciuto e quindi assolutamente da recuperare. Altrove forse è più noto, come sembra dimostrare l'evidente ispirazione per Edward Scissorhands di Tim Burton. Il volume pubblicato da Longanesi nel 1986 riunisce (preceduti da un'utile introduzione) il libro originale e un suo seguito - a firma di diverso autore - in cui Pierino si ravvede.

  • Dustin Crazy little brown owl
    2019-02-26 02:53

    Wow! This will scare the kids into behaving for sure - complete with graphic pictures of injuries and death. Written in the 1800's. I read the English 1985 translation. I shall share the highlights of my top 3 favorite disturbing fairy tales of the Struwwelpeter collection(shared in no particular order):#1 Story of Augustus Who Would Not Have Any SoupAugustus was a chubby lad; Fat ruddy cheeks Augustus had...Augustus ate his soup everyday just like a good little fat boy should but then... (view spoiler)[But one day, one cold winter's day, He screamed out 'Take the soup away! O take the nasty soup away! I won't have any soup to-day.' The story then recounts five days of no soup and the dire consequences to his healthy body.The final verse to the story:Look at him, now the fourth day's come! He scarcely weighs a sugar-plum; He's like a little bit of thread, And on the fifth day, he was - dead!(hide spoiler)]#2 Dreadful Story about Harriet and the Matches Harriet liked to play with matches. Mamma and Nurse had to leave Harriet alone with the pussy cats. Harriet was warned that if she touches the matches, she would be scolded.'O, what a pity! For, when they burn, it is so pretty... Alas Harriet could not resist and the pussy cats could do nothing to stop her even with their hissing and meowing.(view spoiler)[And see! Oh, what a dreadful thing! The fire has caught her apron-string; Her apron burns, her arms, her hair - She burns all over everywhere.... So she was burnt, with all her clothes, And arms, and hands, and eyes, and nose; Till she had nothing more to lose except her little scarlet shoes; And nothing else but these was found among her ashes on the ground.(hide spoiler)]#3 Story of Little Suck-A-ThumbConrad sucks his thumb and mommy has to go out on an errand. Mommy warns Conrad of a tall tailor with great scissors... (view spoiler)[ He takes his great sharp scissors out, And cuts their thumbs clean off - and then, you know, they never grow again. As soon as mommy's back is turned Conrad puts his thumb in his mouth, the door flies open with the tall tailor, his great scissors in hand. The tall tailor promptly cuts both of Conrad's thumbs off and the illustration shows the blood dropping to the floor - really great :-)Snip! Snap! Snip! the scissors go; And Conrad cries out 'Oh! Oh! Oh!' Snip! Snap! Snip! They go so fast, That both his thumbs are off at last.(hide spoiler)]

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-26 01:01

    Read this in translation as a kid. *unilingual* Stories designed to terrify children into compliance. Which obviously failed on me. *flaunts deviancy* ;)The girl who plays with matches is burned alive. The fussy eater starves to death. The umbrella-user is carried, by a storm, to his doom. Clearly, he was deserving. ;)The most horrific is The Story of Little Suck a Thumb which is animated here...http://video.google.com/videoplay?doc...*shakes fist at German psyche*

  • Jim Peterson
    2019-02-26 02:42

    Book review for learners of German:We all know the original Grimm’s fairy tales were more gruesome than the Disney stories we grew up watching. Der Struwwelpeter is another example of a children’s book that today’s parents find shocking even though the book has been read to children for generations. Nearly every German knows this story, so it is culturally significant. But, no, I would not read this to my daughter. You can view it for free on Project Gutenberg (gutenberg.org).

  • Amanda Alexandre
    2019-03-16 01:02

    This is a short, classic children's book written in verse. It is educational, and warns kids about the dangers of not eating, disobeying parents, mistreating animals... And despite being a little too graphic, it is all very clever, and the rhymes are fun to say aloud.I'd read it along with my kid, and would explain the messed up parts so he'd get the gist of the moral message.Read it in minutes to have fun:http://www.archive.org/stream/english...

  • Justin
    2019-03-12 06:07

    A ghastly and horrifying collection of children's stories guaranteed to frighten and scare your children. What else is there to say about a book where children's thumbs are severed as a punishment for sucking them or where little girls are burned to death because they play with match (nothing quite as disturbing as seeing an illustration of two sad cats crying a river of tears beside the charred remains of a disobedient German child).

  • SueZ
    2019-03-10 00:44

    I read this as a child and hated it to the point that if it lay around somewhere in a waiting room, I would cover it with other books so I didn't have to see it. Maybe it is okay if you read it as an adult, as a childrens book I find it unsuitable.

  • Laura
    2019-03-02 05:45

    Next to Max and Moritz, this is the best book to traumatize disobedient children. Those Germans know their discipline. . .

  • Ted Powell
    2019-02-28 06:43

    I thank my maternal grandmother for the gift of readingSo very inventive and unique. Glad I got it. Love old classic tales. Something to be said for the old stuff.

  • dianne
    2019-03-08 07:59

    No one ever yet could tellWhere they stopp'd, or where they fell:Only, this one thing is plain, Bob was never seen again!just saying.

  • sabisteb
    2019-03-18 05:02

    Struwwelpeter von Heinrich Hoffmann ist ein Kinderbuchklassier aus dem Jahr 1845. Ich habe das Buch als Kind schon geliebt und fand es gar nicht grausam. Ich frage mich nur, warum das Buch Struwwelpeter heißt, denn in meiner Ausgabe ist keine Geschichte dieses Namens, sondern ein Gedicht vom Christkind.Natürlich liest man so ein Buch anders, wenn man erwachsen ist. Man sieht vieles vielleicht kritischer und aus anderem Blickwinkel, dennoch finde ich das Buch immer noch sehr gut, nur hatte ich teilweise schon seltsame Assoziationen.Die Geschichte vom bösen FriederichFriedrich ist ein böser Junge, der Tier quält. Solche Friedrichs gibt es auch heute noch und ja, ich finde es gut, dass der Hund ihn beißt und er krank wird. Geschieht im recht, hat nichts mit autoritärer Erziehung zu tun, die dem Buch immer vorgeworfen wird, sondern mit Ursache und Wirkung. Wer einen Hund schlägt, muss damit rechnen gebissen zu werden.Die gar traurige Geschichte mit dem FeuerzeugPauline ist alleine zu Hause ist spielt mit Streichhölzern, dabei fackelt sie sich selber ab. Das mag man nun drastisch nennen, die abschreckende Wirkung auf Kinder dürfte jedoch ungebrochen sein. Eine Geschichte, die ich durchaus zum Vorlesen empfehle, besonders bei kleinen Kindern, regelmäßig daran erinnern, dass man sich mit Feuer abfackeln kann, sonst fackeln die kleinen die Bude ab.Die Geschichte von den schwarzen BubenErstaunlich fortschrittlich für die damalige Zeit. Drei Kinder verspotten einen Schwarzen. Das hat ja bis heute nicht aufgehört, nur nennt sich das nun Rassismus. Nikolaus tunkt sie zu recht in die Tinte. Sie können froh sein, dass er sie nicht ersäuft hat.Die Geschichte vom wilden JägerWitzig, surrealistisch, aber ich fand diese Geschichte schon als Kind langweilig.Die Geschichte vom DaumenlutscherDie fand ich als Kind klasse, besonders die Blutpfütze in der Zeichnung. Daumenlutschen muss um 1845 – 1930 ein echts Problem gewesen sein. Auch bei Else Ury in „Babys erstes Geschichtenbuch“ geht es darum, da nuckelt sich der kleinen den Daumen weg und hier wird er eben abgeschnitten. Nicht mehr ganz Zeitgemäß, heutzutage sind eher die Schnuller das ProblemDie Geschichte vom Suppen-KasparKaspar macht Diät. Aus heutiger Sicht ist er im ersten Bild nicht gesund, sondern übergewichtig und ein Tag Diät tut ihm durchaus gut und lässt ihn fitter und gesünder werden. Das ganze Kippt dann in Richtung Magersucht, erstaunlich, dass das schon 1845 ein Problem war.Die Geschichte vom Zappel-PhilippPhilipp hat ADHS. Für die Eltern dumm gelaufen, aber ehrlich, bei so einem Kind macht man keine Tischdecke auf den Tisch. Da sind die Eltern echt selber schuld.Die Geschichte vom Hanns Guck-in-die-LuftDiese Geschichte sollte man heutzutage lieber allen Benutzern von GPS vorlesen. Heutzutage laufen nicht die lesenden und träumenden Kinder in den Fluss, sondern die Autofahrer mit GPS fallen hinein.Die Geschichte vom fliegenden RobertDiese Geschichte habe ich als Kind geliebt. Wie oft habe ich mir vorgestellt, wie schön es wäre mit dem Schirm fliegen zu können wie Robert. Keine Ahnung, welche Abschreckende Wirkung der Autor da eigentlich beabsichtigt hatte.Die Zeichnungen sind teilweise ein wenig proportional, das hat mich als Kind aber nicht gestört. Auch Hoffmann bedient schon das Klischee, dass die Schuhe nach einer Explosion oder einer explosiven Verpuffung wie in Paulinchens Fall, unversehrt übrig bleiben. Insgesamt ein Buch, dass ich auch heute Kindern noch vorlesen würde.