Struwwelpeter 2000, by Heinrich Hoffmann and Colin
Hardcover, 64 pages. Iolair Publishing 2000.
A deluxe bilingual edition. Gives the colored illustrations and
German verses of Der Struwwelpeter, with new, closer, English
translations that try to copy Hoffmann's use of easy straightforward
language whose natural rhythm closely fits the rousing 2/4 march
time of his lines. Some of the translations are followed by upbeat
endings, with illustrations. Conrad gets his thumbs back:
In hospital a surgeons's team
Sews both back on, so neat and clean.
We're all relieved that modern surgery
Can cope with Conrad's dire emergency.....
Where Robert had gone, none could say:
Until next morning all the people
Saw Robert clinging to the steeple.
The fire department got him down,
A cheer rang out through all the town...
Even Paulinchen and Kaspar are none the worse for
their adventures - the original illustrations are taken to be
definitive, but the eyewitness accounts are described as mistaken.
A final page describes the making of "suncatchers"
- stained glass window hangings - in the shapes of Struwwelpeter
figures, with illustrations including a stained glass Peter is
shown on the back cover.
This book was a finalist in the 2001 Independent
Publishers Book Awards
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