Cautionary Tales for Children
Edition language: English
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The English version of Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann. I definitely prefer the German version. In the English version the only story I really liked was the one about lying.
Edward Gorey fastidiously illustrates these cautionary tales. One would be tempted to read one of these scary tales to a particularly bratty kid to cure him. Might work.
If only more parents read this to their little hooligans they might learn to be bad in more original ways.
I know many of these well enough to recite them. Some of my favourite quotes:[Jim, who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion:]"Now just imagine how it feelswhen first your toes and then your heelsand then by gradual degreesyour insteps, ankles, calves and kneesare slowly eaten, bit by bit!...