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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Faithful to events immortalized in Browning's classic poem, this stunning new version recounts the rat-infested streets of Hamelin, the despair of its townspeople, and their Mayor's foolish act of treachery that provokes the Rat-Catcher's horrid revenge. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1989 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P (first published 1988)
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Lisa Vegan
May 16, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who has any interest at all in the Pied Piper of Hamelin legend
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
This edition is luxuriantly illustrated and the style of the paintings fit this story perfectly. The infestation of rats is shown and did make me a tad squeamish, especially coming from a port city where rats are plentiful, yet luckily usually out of sight.

The tale as told by the Corrins is written in an interesting and compelling way. I really love this version.

I had thought maybe I’d grown up with the Browning poem version of this story, but now I think I probably knew the Grimm Brothers versi
Beautifully illustrated. The text is clear and easy to read aloud or silently. The authors' note in the back is a nice addition, explaining likely origins of this fairy tale. Recommended to fairy tale fans who appreciate complex, detailed illustrations.
This book has wonderful illustrations, but the best part is the ending when it tells the REAL story. Apparently, the German town of Hameln lost 130 of its children. To war? Kidnapped? To disease? Nobody knows...

This version uses words like "oddsbodiken" so it is definitely not dumbed down.
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