The Pied Piper of Hamelin in Full Color
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The Pied Piper of Hamelin in Full Color

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Beloved poem tells of the strange piper who rids the town of Hamelin of its rats, but exacts a terrible revenge when denied his fee. Full text of poem enhanced by the 36 classic watercolor illustrations by Kate Greenaway.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published May 30th 1997 by Dover Publications (first published 1842)
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Oliur Rahman
Robert Browning's tale of a man who saved the little town of Hamelin from the gruesome deaths of the plague caused by rats is a story I still remember today as one of my favourites. The Pied piper was promised money in return for his heroic act but was later denied by the people he saves. He promised to return with revenge and when he died he played his flute which drove all the children of Hamelin away to never return. A story I feel more suited for KS2 due to the fact that the children never r...more
The message is obviously 'Don't mess with the Pied Piper'.

The burghers offer a large sum of money for him to rid the town of rats. When he does so, they renege on the deal and offer him far less.

They think there is nothing that he can do about it. How wrong they were as he got out his flute and enticed the children of the village away. One managed to miss being led into the cavern in the mountain as he was lame and he was later to lament, 'It's dull in our town since my playmates left!'

This larg...more
David Edmonds
The Pied Piper of Hamelin is "the first in a series of miniature books that focus on original folklore classics" and the latest edition from Lorin Morgan-Richards' A Raven Above Press. The wonderful thing about Morgan-Richards' books is that they are all handmade originals. He creates each book individually, so each is unique in its own way. Quite frankly, as far as I'm concerned, his books are miniature works of art.

Lorin Morgan-Richards art reminds me of a modern day Charles Addams or Edward...more
Ryan Rainey
This was a very good book. The story took place in a little town far far away. There were the towns people, the Mayor of the town, and the Pied Piper as characters in this poem. The town was having a rodent problem. The Piper got rid of all the rodents for the town. Thats about all I can say with out giving away the whole entire book. This book rhymes very well. The rhymes are direct and the author doesnt try to use words that are close to rhyming. There are exact rhymes. This poem has images on...more
This is the original version of the classic "children's" story. I saw a reference to it in another book I was reading and realized I had never actually read it. I did. It was a horrifying tale of unspeakable revenge...I would never read this to a child. Magnificently written, the plot left me speechless. I think before making casual reference to the Pied Piper or to "paying the Piper" in casual conversation, as is often done, one should read the book. My guess is it will change your mind about m...more
This review refers specifically to the book with Greenaway's illustrations.

The poem itself is great, of course, and Kate Greenaway's pictures are, as always, charming. They were not, however, originally published with the text, and they change the dynamic of the story slightly (particularly in the final image). She presents an unusual take on Browning's poem. Overall, this book is worth reading, and the illustrations are beautiful, but I'd definitely recommend reading a version without pictures...more
The Pied Piper captured my heart as a kid. I read it without images first, and after that I came across the Faerie Tale Theatre episode which was filmed with Eric Idle as the piper (and narrator reading the poem). That particular visual portrayal of The Pied Piper is incredibly haunting. In my young mind, the imagery from it sealed itself to Browning's words forever after.

It was for this specific reason that I felt disappointed with the Kate Greenaway illustrations used in this version. The pict...more
There are a few versions of Browning's THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN available, so if you like the text you might want to pick and choose your edition based on the illustrations.

I think traditionally this text gets taught at secondary school, however, I can't see any reason why a year five or six class shouldn't be introduced to it.

The plot of the poem is of a stranger who comes to the town of Hamelin in Germany to rid the place of rats. He completes his mission by luring them out of town and into...more
This wonderful book is set back in the Victorian era and describes a world very different in appearance to the world today. Nevertheless it raises issues on human nature that are as important today as back then. Some of the themes explored require some considered thought therefore placing this book in the Key Stage 2 bracket despite its limited text. I believe this book to be targeted at children in Year 3. The supporting illustrations are essential for the children to grasp a thorough appreciat...more
Samantha Meyer
The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning is a rhyming version of the classic tale of a man who rids a town of rats just to be cheated out of the money they promised to pay him. He get's his revenge when he lures all of the children in the town away in the same way he got rid of the rats.
Many people know the story of The Pied Piper, but this version is a poem and quite a large one at that. The Rhyming is very good and flows well, however it is hard to understand some of the l...more
Natasha Primaditta
A classic! Reading it while I'm young and older turns out to be a different experiences altogether. It was a playful and fascinating story when I was little, and still did so until I was finished with reading it now. The only thing that I taken to notice is the fact that the ending obviously cruel and rather leave a bad taste in my mouth. Or mind. Nonetheless, a nice story with moral lesson. Keep your promise or mishaps will befallen you. Revengeful mind is like a river with immeasurable depth.
Lisa Vegan
I recently finished a prose version of this tale that was by Sara and Stephen Corrin and was illustrated by Errol Le Cain, and I really loved it. I’m about to read another prose edition that’s by Robert Holden and illustrated by Drahos Zak.

This book is the famous poem by Robert Browning and it’s illustrated by Kate Greenaway. I’d thought I’d grown up with the poem but now I know that I was mistaken. I did grow up with a song (that record is in a box that’s not readily accessible) and the lyrics...more
A silly children's story, but with many thoughtful morals. Through this clever rhyming poem, Browning shares thoughts on government, money, and duty. A very quick read and quite funny in parts. Would be fun to read with a child and talk about what the Mayor did wrong and how the piper got his magic, etc.
I couldn't find my version, which has line drawings by Terry Small and says it has been "revised" from the Browning version. I plan to find a Browning version to see what that means. However, we both really enjoyed this version and it was a lot of fun to read aloud. I had read it aloud to Logan before, when he was 4 and again at 6, but he didn't remember it. Recently, we read some very good fantasy stories (the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix) in which there are children in another world...more
Hòang Nguyễn
I first read it when I was 13, and it left me with deep impression of how beautiful, funny, ironic word could be. Since this is also my first English poem so I guess it is understandable why the poem was a big hit on me. Also, I did enjoy the original tale of brother Grimm so the poem had leaded me to another interesting side of the story (I love karma). What a surprise when I suddenly recalled it, the poem had been sleeping soundly in my memmory ever since! The feeling was just like when you fi...more
Grace Harwood
I've got to say this is not my favourite Browning poem - I still prefer, for example, "Christmas Eve" over this one - but this is an enjoyable read. I read it aloud to my son at bedtime and he liked it, although he struggled with some of the archaic terms (he's only 9 and this is a Victorian poem, after all). It benefits, like most poetry does, from being read aloud and you get the true sense of the lyrical flow of the poem if you do this. There is also some comical imagery which both I and my s...more
Aug 23, 2010 Cayenne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cayenne by: storybook travels
What a wonderful, delightful little book. The pictures are stunning. I feel kind of speechless and very grateful to have picked up this lovely classic. I almost laughed out loud at the part about the people of German descent living in Transylvania because I have recently finished Patrick Fermor's Between the Woods and the Water. Fermor discusses the Germanic people living in Transylvania as he passes through that area and the theories of how their ancestors arrived there. So to read this fun fab...more
Fun to read, lovely verse/rhyming, not sure if I got the moral of the story (pay what you owe?), but enjoyable.
Jourdan Aanenson
This story is about a kingdom that is being overcome by rats, and the city has to find a way to stop them.

The pictures in this book are very old fashioned. I think children would have very little interest in this book by the way to story is told. It was even hard for me to comprehend. The pictures look like dolls in a painting hanging on the wall of a old house. This book would be useful to be used in high school classrooms only because it is to hard to children of any younger age to grasp the m...more
Emily Whelchel
I read this poem for my Children's Literature class. I'd heard parts of this story before as a child, but I never realized what happened at the end... that the Pied Piper's magic extends to more than rats. Fascinating story.
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This book had no copyright year or page within it. By the looks of it, it is a very old edition as it also does not contain ISBN information. The dialogue in this book is very hard to follow as it is written in a fancy verse that is not common to this time's speech. I do not think it would be effective or appropriate for young children, but I do think it serves a great literary purpose being that it is done so beautifully. It is very obvious that the words are crafted very specifically, and the...more
Don't mess with the Pied Piper.
J. Alfred
I went to the library to get something on Browning, who I respect, am intellectually intimidated by, and have been hearing a lot about recently. I found one book in the entire system: it was in the kid's section and illustrated. I plan to use this as part of an inner resentment for all non-collegiate libraries. Anyway, this is a fun little poem with good pictures and morals. When I aquire some chilluns', they'll be hearing some poems like this.
In spite of having heard this story told many times, I don't think I have actually read any version.

Browning's verse is clever--and the wordplay is much more obvious when read out loud. And the illustrations in this Everyman Library edition are darling. Classic, lovely, and they capture the innocence of the children as well as the arrogance of the mayor and his council.

I just love Everyman's Library Children's Classics.
I found a beautiful copy of this book, with Kate Greenaway's illustrations, in a local opshop for $5. Worth every cent. The language is dated, but descriptive and humorous. The illustrations are sweet and simple yet detailed and poignant.
• All traditional stories could be called folktales. Or in other words stories of the people, or
• The Pied Piper of Hamlin fits into the Sub- genre Folk Tales because it is a realistic tale. Which means that it was based on an actual historical event.
• The event of a town in Germany in 1284 when a hundred and thirty children actually did disappear from the town.
Karen Harding

Moral of the story: Never make a promise you can't keep or all your children will be abducted to a cave....this may be the creepiest tale I have ever read.

On the plus side, your rat problem will be totally sorted. Not much of a bright side, but always best to look for the positives, I suppose.
Robert Browning's retelling of the old legend of the Pied Piper: a town plauged by rats, a man with a unique musical gift, a smug mayor and city council, a promise not kept, a chilling revenge taken, all combine in this tale of a hard lesson learned. Beautifully illustrated by Kate Greenaway.
Nurture Waratah
I was unaware, until I read this, that it was a poem. Despite being a classic, I had never read it before, though I knew the basic story of course. In any case, I found this poem to be quite enjoyable. If you haven't read it already, I recommend that you do.
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Robert Browning was a British poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets.

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They fought the dogs and killed the cats,
And bit the babies in the cradles,
And ate the cheeses out of the vats,
And licked the soup from the cook's own ladles.
Split open the kegs of salted sprats,
Made nests inside men's Sunday hats,
And even spoiled the women's chats
By drowning their speaking
With shrieking and squeaking
In fifty different sharps and flats.”
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