What a lovely reminiscence and introduction to yet more wonderful children's books. Thank you, Gabriele! Wish I had seen this post earlier today. I'm off to bed now, but believe me, I'll be back later to comment more and to ask questions.
My mother was an English teacher, so we were encouraged to read everything and all the time. We didn't own many books, because we were a military family who moved a lot, but my mom made an arrangement with the public library so we could take out many more than the maximum of 2 books per visit.
I remember reading fairy tales - I think they were Hans Christian Anderson, possibly the Brothers Grimm - and they were always pretty gory, with people vomiting up snakes or pearls, or having their hands chopped off and having a witch put them back again. We had one book of condensed fairy tales, put out by Disney, which I really loved for the illustrations, which weren't typically "Disney-fied".
But there is one book I've been searching for ever since my copy disappeared about 55 years ago - I don't know the author's name, but the title was "Ginger". It was a fairly typical story about a dog who lost his master and found him at the end, and I don't know why it moved me so much. I know I was particularly fond of the drawing of the dog on the cover, and would give anything to have a copy again.
We were encouraged to read, although our parents had little money. I particularly remember a book called Struwwelpeter, giving gruesome examples of what happened to bad children.
Young minds are very impressionable, that memory was deeply embedded in my thick head and I had completely forgotten the illustrations until this thread brought it all back. With a bit of help from google.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
Me too. I was taught to read well before starting formal school, and we had all sorts of books around the house, inherited from previous generations (so plenty of Victorian classics and some not so classic), and I had some hand-me-downs from my brother, including something (this will help you date it) on the adventures of Bulgy the Barrage Balloon.
Here is an entire book: Old French Fairytales, a 1920 edition by the Penn Publishing Company of Philadelphia.
The book was illustrated by Virginia Frances Sterrett <-- click Note that as you go through the book the colored illustrations will appear to be blank. Just turn the page, as they're actually hidden by virtual tissue paper.
agnes currently likes Capt'n Sharky, which i wouldn't exactly call high literature ... i also read a shorter pippi longstocking story to her, and she liked that one, at least a few times ... most of the more enjoyable books seem to still be a bit long for her, though her concentration is increasing ...
Little kids probably don't care about high literature. Capt'n Sharky looks like fun. I am sure I've mentioned Richard Scarry in this thread somewhere. Just looked it up to see if any of his books were available in German and one of the most fun ones is ~ germangirlinamerica.com/mein-allerschoenstes-worterbuch/