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Quick trip down a rabbit hole there…trying to find Strewelpeter. Found something close…not the same one that traumatized me as a child.


Could be worse. “I’ll Love You Forever” traumatized me as an adult.


Was it the matches story that got you?


Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” got me. (As an adult.) :confounded:

No, it was the actual Strewelpeter poem…"there he stands…with his nasty hair and hands…"
Soon to be followed by a vist from “the great long-legged scissor man…snip, snip, snip…”

Shudder! :confounded:


Well, my wife and kids loved that story. Freaked me the heck out. Mom is like the worst kind of stalker in a story that is supposed to be all sweet love.


I haven’t read that one yet, but it sounds like something I wouldn’t care for either. :astonished:


Supposed to be cut heartwarming thing. All beautiful and stuff.

“I love you forever. I like you for always. As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.”

But very stalkerish throughout the book.


According to some family friends, the only thing worse than seeing Struwwelpeter standing there gushing blood is having a copy of the book from which those pages have been excised, and having to imagine what happened. :imp:

But I bet you learned to eat your soup…


Yup! :flushed:


https://www.gutenberg.org/files/24571/24571-h/24571-h.htm (German)
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/12116/12116-h/12116-h.htm (English)

“…for children of 3 - 6 years of age…” Yikes!


Oh yikes! Yes, that’s the one! Illustrated version. Read at age four or five…stayed with me for a lifetime.

(Thanks ever so much Dennis…I’m going to go read it now…and won’t sleep tonight!) :wink:


Happy to help rekindle those treasured childhood memories.

At least it doesn’t have a story about little girls that won’t go to sleep… :wink: