Your child, my child, our child: Patchwork family in German Children’s literature

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Arphakorn Hannapachewin

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The purpose of this article was to examine the term “patchwork family”; a family of children with different fathers and mothers, which appears in German children’s literature. There is currently much children’s literature related to this topic in Germany. Compared to children’s literature related to Thai families, there was no story about this. The author was interested in examining the topic of a patchwork family. The question is: how was German children’s literature trying to illustrate the topic of a patchwork family for children? The study was a qualitative research to present an academic opinion. Statistics and theories related to this topic were used in this article. Based on the findings of the preliminary survey, there was no Thai children’s literature related to a patchwork family. This article might ask the questions: how many patchwork families are there in Thai society? How is it perceived positively or negatively differently in German society? It also might suggest that modern German children’s literature can be translated in the future.

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