Children's Literature in Education

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 21–33

Rose Blanche in Translation

  • Susan Stan

DOI: 10.1023/B:CLID.0000018898.68629.67

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Stan, S. Children's Literature in Education (2004) 35: 21. doi:10.1023/B:CLID.0000018898.68629.67


This comparative study focuses on three editions of Rose Blanche, Roberto Innocenti's picturebook portrayal of a young girl who discovers a Nazi concentration camp on the outskirts of her German city. The original text, written in French by Christophe Gallaz to accompany Innocenti's illustrations, was translated into English and published in the United States; this text is compared with the British text, rewritten by Ian McEwan, and the German text, translated by Abraham Teuter. An examination of differences in the three texts demonstrates some of the ways in which cultural, aesthetic, national, ideological, pedagogical, and economic issues influence the translation of a children's book.

picture booksWorld War IIHolocausttranslation

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Stan
    • 1
  1. 1.Central Michigan UniversityUSA