I'm currently taking a course on children's literature in Germany. We are beginning to enter the more modern phase of this topic, and as such, are wrapping up the historical aspects of it. I had long since read the story about which I will write, but only after having to complete an assignment over it, came across this 'nugget' that one could only find online.
The story, "Der Struwwelpeter," or in english, "Slovenly Peter," is an incredibly popular children's picture book in Germany, that was written in the late 1800's. The book is public domain, and there are many websites that have the story translated, if you are curious. The book is a series of really short stories, no longer then a short poem, which are designed to teach children lessons, like 'don't suck on your thumb,' or, 'don't lean back on your chair.' The catch is, most of the stories are gruesome and end in a rather interesting fashion, e.g. girl who plays with a lighter burns down to a pile of ashes. The illustrations are marvelous.
Anyhow, I stumbled across this short video, which is a modern re-make of one of the more famous stories contained in Struwwelpeter. What a great way to teach kids not to suck on their thumbs!
from Wyld Stallyons on Vimeo.