OH fie on Kate! untidy girl, With dirty face, hair out of curl, Who soils each dress, however neat, First with the pudding, then with meat. More like a little pig is she, Than what a tidy girl should be! Thus begins Heinrich Hoffmann's series of darkly humorous cautionary tales... read more
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