Slovenly Betsy
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Slovenly Betsy

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This turn-of-the-century Americanization of the famous morality tales of Dr. Heinrich Hoffman is sure to please the darker side of older girls. Not for the faint of heart, these tales, though classics, are the stern stuff of a Victorian era, which in today's light can be quite entertaining.

Paperback, 104 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Book Jungle (first published 1911)
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Let's harken back to the good ole days, when children were seen and not heard, the rod was never spared and all naughty little imps got their just comeuppances.

Part Roald Dahl, part Charles Addams, part Old Testament, these little rhymes about recalcitrant tots serve as cautionary tales and guarantee one will spend childhood sitting on one's white-gloved hands, too afraid of repercussions to move an inch.

The seven deadly sins of childhood are all covered here - envy, sloth, gluttony, experiencin...more
Clementine this kid-friendly? I guess the part about Pauline's apron catching on fire may give way to nightmares, but I'd take it over Disney princesses any day.
Mar 10, 2011 Cheryl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheryl by: Dianna
Strongly worded rhymes about such virtues as cleanliness, pride, industrious, etc.. Some might be too scary for sensitive children.

Ironically, my great-aunt was named Pauline and she died when the lamp spilled kerosene all over her and ignited. She was home alone with her toddler son.

I read this free thanks to the hard work of volunteers at Project Gutenberg.
This 1911 children's book is from the good old days when in stories children who played with matched burned up; gluttons were attacked by bees, jealous children turned yellow, and Santa actually didn't bring gifts to naughty children.

I found it quite amusing although I probably wouldn't read it to my children.

Here's a sample:

Pauline 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 wa...more
If children were given this book now, it would be called mean and graphic. Our politically correct world would never produce something like this today. I love it though. The poems and pictures do get their point across about different behaviors. I really enjoyed this but I don't think I would read this to a child younger than eight years old.
Delightfully demented moralistic children's stories in verse. Just the thing to puck up a dull monday morning at the office.
Mar 26, 2009 Sean marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Heinrich Hoffmann was a German psychiatrist, who also wrote some short works including Der Struwwelpeter (German for either "slovenly Peter" or "shock-haired Peter"), an illustrated book portraying children misbehaving.

He wrote under the following names:

- Polykarpus Gastfenger (The given name is the German version of that of a Christian martyr; the surname sounds like "Gastfänger", which could be...more
More about Heinrich Hoffmann...
Struwwelpeter Klassiker für Kinder Struwwelpeter in English Translation (Dover Children's Classics) Struwwelpeter: Fearful Stories and Vile Pictures to Instruct Good Little Folks Die Klassiker In Einem Band!Lehrreiche Und Lustige Geschichten Von Kindern, Die Nicht Brav Sein Wollten .

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