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Slovenly Betsy

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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Paperback, 104 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Book Jungle
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Aug 27, 2015 karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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if you've ever read Struwwelpeter or any of shel silverstein's cautionary-tale poetry, then you have probably already learned a thing or two about the many different ways in which being naughty can lead to an unforeseen downfall but also to a super-fun rhyming poem.

this is what i learned from this book about medicine and manners, through some of its stories.

What Happened to Lazy Charlotte

if you are too lazy to knit your own stockings while your mom is out and about in her bonnet, doing whateve
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I've had a lifelong, highly irrational love for Struwwelpeter, a gruesome set of German cautionary children's tales from 1845, set to rhyme, so when karen's review alerted me to the fact that Heinrich Hoffman wrote more of this bloodthirsty didactic poetry,* I was all over it, like Paulinchen is with matches.

*ETA: Or perhaps not. See comments 5 and 6 in the thread.

Slovenly Betsy is on Project Gutenberg only in English, not German -- I couldn't find a German version of this book even mentioned a
Jun 03, 2014 Melki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, poetry
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
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.
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
Mar 10, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  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.
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Mar 28, 2010 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 26, 2009 Sean marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Mar 14, 2011 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightfully demented moralistic children's stories in verse. Just the thing to puck up a dull monday morning at the office.
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Note: There is more than one Heinrich Hoffman.

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 su
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