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Hasengretchen and Hasenhans have already accompanied our grandparents through their childhood. The nostalgic illustrations and the cheerful verses of the bunny school inspire young and old - and not only for Easter
The teacher raises his paw admonishingly, before he sends the rabbit children on the way home after schoolEven little rabbits must push the hard school bench - if they want to be Easter bunnies. And so the mother sends her two children, Hasengretchen and Hasenhans, on their way early in the morning. But first you have to clean your nose with the Kohlblatt handkerchief and check that the paws are clean too. In 1924, the children's and youth book author Albert Sixtus (1892-1960) told the story of the bunny school in the form of funny verses. Fritz Koch-Gotha (1877-1956) added his highly detailed drawings: The teacher who teaches the rabbit children is dressed in a vest, knickers and a frock coat - thus in the fashion of the twenties of the last century. Also, as a person of respect, he does not lack the golden watch chain in front of the thick rabbit's belly and the nickel glasses on his nose. From him, the students learn everything an Easter bunny can do, and so painting Easter eggs is at the top of the timetable. But some students prefer to dream lesson or bicker in the back bank.
The colorful world of rabbits
"With the green water jugs, the hare-males run here because the herb hangs the leaves, it is sprinkled with cool water."Not only little readers, even adults have always enjoyed their bunny school. Above all, the light irony, which can be felt in some illustrations, amused: Since the teacher stands casually cross-legged, arms crossed behind his back and the
Big belly leaning on the student's desk while teaching his students in botany. The little verses are also accompanied by paper-cut images: rabbits nibble on cabbages, a fox sneaks through the grass and a frog plays sitting on a stone under bluebells on a mandolin - again and again there are some charming things to discover on the pages.
"With the green water jugs, the hare-males run here because the herb hangs the leaves, it is sprinkled with cool water."
The book was a great success from the beginning. When it appeared in 1924 at Alfred Hahn's publishing house in Leipzig, 200 000 copies were sold within a very short time. To date, over a million books have been printed. Even abroad, the small plant is well known - in Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy and since 2009 also in the United States children enjoy at the bunny school. In the almost 90-year history, the book has undergone some changes: The font was adapted to the changing graphic fashions - so you print the book temporarily in the flourishing Sütterlinschrift. The cover design also changed. The first edition featured writing and illustration on a black background bordered by a bright border, making the cover look like a slate. In addition, the teacher originally had a cane under his arm on the title. Unfortunately it was still in use at that time - many grandparents may still remember it painfully. Around 1949, the stick on the drawing was removed. By contrast, the image of the punitive teacher, who pulls the cheeky Hasenmax's ear out, has survived educational reforms. Just like the magic of this booklet, which is today a children's book classic.