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.
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
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.
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
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