Der Wettlauf zwischen dem Igel und dem Hasen auf der kleinen Heide bei Buxtehude

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Aesop
Jacob-Roscher, Lilo
Jacob-Roscher, Wilhelm
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1947
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Is this famous story of the race between the hare and the hedgehog a fable? I admit that the charm of this booklet made me say yes for now, at least to including the booklet in the collection. This is hedgehog life as we children knew it from Steiff toys. This 32-page pamphlet has an illustration on every right-hand page, once the story starts. The main character here is Der Swinegel. He talks with the hare at a junction with signs pointing to Hamburg and Buxtehude. The cutest picture in the booklet may be that of mother hedgehog giving baths to her hedgehog children, while one of them sits on the hedgehog pot. Another strong image shows the hare lying on the field exhausted after the race. The moral is twofold: despise no one, and choose a wife that looks just like you! Might this booklet have been a souvenir booklet done by the city itself? Buxtehude is not far outside Hamburg. The last page shows the seal of Buxtehude. The introduction at the beginning of the pamphlet is titled not from the story but simply Buxtehude. According to this introduction, the story was given its final form in 1840 by Wilhelm Schröder from Oldendorf in niederdeutscher Mundart. The Brothers Grimm took over this version in their collection. The verso of the title-page says that it is a second edition but does not say when the first might have been.
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Hermann Hübener Verlag
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