One of the first movies I remember seeing was “The Parent Trap” (Disney 1961). It must have made a strong impression because I still enjoy it to this day. I was watched it last year and noticed something, it was based on a book. I made a note of the author and title.
Lisa And Lottie: (Das doppelte Lottchen) is not the same story. The movie starts with twins who meet in camp. They are unaware of each other’s existence; split up since their parents’ divorce. With the exception of this starting premise, nothing is the same. Odd that Disney would have to buy the rights- maybe it’s a marketing ploy. I might say the movie was inspired by the book?
Lisa and Lottie, who are named after their mother: Lisalottie, are 9-years-old and live in Munich and Vienna. They use General Delivery (the post office) rather telephone messages to each other. Both parents are busy, and the girls are left to their devices. They try not to get caught, but it seems no one is playing attention, and why would they? Until a photo from camp surfaces..
I read a short biography of Erich Kästner in Wikipedia before I started. This is definitely a children’s book, but Kästner was nominated for a Nobel Prize in Literature, so he’s no slouch as a writer. The girls in the book are nine. The book was published in 1949. Was this book an allegory for World War II?. No. Was it an allegory for the partition of Germany. It seems possible, but other than the plot there are no signs of it. Kästner was drafted in 1917. After the war he became a pacifist, which was extremely dangerous once the Nazi’s took power. If the book is an allegory, it might be for Pacifism. All the problems are simply misunderstandings, and once cleared up everyone lives happily ever after.
If you have young kids, they will enjoy the story.
I would like to read Kästner’s biography and his War II diary.
Amazon Book Preview of “Lisa And Lottie“