STRUWWELPETER by Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann = my first book ever, my first possession. I never owned a house, a boat, a horse – but some books. Recently I was surprised discovering my very first comments written in this book – I was aged 5. My favorite philosopher Theodor W. Adorno wrote in his “Minima Moralia“: “In his text, the writer sets up house… For a man who no longer has a homeland writing becomes a place to live…”
2 – The_Story_of_the_Inky_Boys: “BÖSE” = EVIL (racism!)
3 – Augustus, who would not have any Soup: “Suppenkasper”
4 – Harriet and the Matches: “DUMM” = silly
5 – Little Suck-a-Thumb: “DAUMELUSCHER” (Daumenlutscher)
6 – Cruel Frederick: “SO KEHT DAS!” = that’s the way it goes (P.S.: isn’t it like the first step into philosophy?)
Merry Stories And Funny Pictures
The Dreadful Story of Harriet and the Matches
The Story of the Man that went out Shooting
The Story of Little Suck-a-Thumb
The Story of Augustus, who would not have any Soup
The Story of Johnny Head-in-Air
- Struwwelpeter: Merry Stories and Funny Pictures (beautifulrailwaybridgeofthesilverytay.me)
- My Shockheaded Ignorance (storms.typepad.com)
- Death in Children’s Books (rarestkindofbest.wordpress.com)
Fantastic drawings – the first looks like the inspiration behind Edward Scissorhands
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Childhood annotation – like a glimpse into the past you and a foreshadowing of the present you! You did colour within the lines though – pretty good for 5…
Thank you for sharing, Frizz. This is so interesting!
I have a pen pal in Germany and he once told me that his co-workers refer to him as böse. He had a very hard time explaining the meaning of the word to me.
well, there a many, countless versions of acting BÖSE vs. humans, animals etc.: bad, ill, ill-natured, evil, wicked, malicious, malevolent …
My friend had this book – translated into English. Pretty scary and hilarious to modern eyes! A bit like those ‘cautionary tales’ sung by the Ooompa Loompas in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
How wonderful to have this!
I have a couple of books my mother had when she was a little girl.
Colline replied, Sept. 5, 2013:
Wow! I cannot believe you still have the first book you owned.
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September 5, 2013 at 6:43 am
it was my treasure – the people who adopted me, they threw away everything I owned: my teddybear, my first camera, my diaries – but they forgot the Struwwelpeter…