The Pied Piper of Hamelin Hardcover – Oct 25 2011
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An evocative and effective retelling of an old classic.
True to the spirit of the original tale, this attractive retelling adds some new twists and a happy ending
without denying the dark, universal drama.
About the Author
Michael Morpurgo has written more than eighty books and received numerous prestigious awards. His books include WAR HORSE, PRIVATE PEACEFUL, and retellings of HANSEL AND GRETEL, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, as well as BEOWULFand SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT, both illustrated by Michael Foreman. Michael Morpurgo lives in Devon, England.
Emma Chichester Clark has written and illustrated many acclaimed books for young readers, including GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS, which she retold and illustrated, and HANSEL AND GRETEL, retold by Michael Morpurgo. Emma Chichester Clark lives in London.
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This unfortunate situation would have continued were it not for a new problem caused by all that garbage: rats. Large, cunning, and aggressive rats infested the town to that point that even the mayor became desperate. Desperate enough to make a bargain with a mysterious stranger who carried a silver flute around his neck. The Pied Piper would rid Hamlin of all the rats within an hour if the mayor would pay him but one gold coin. As the Pied Piper liked to say, "Enough is always as good as a feast," so one coin would suffice. Little did the mayor realize when he failed to uphold his end of the bargain that it was not only the rats that responded to the magical flute.
This retelling of the classic fable focuses on economic aspects that make the story so compelling, including the problems with exorbitant tax rates, income inequality, and dire poverty. Exquisite illustrations and masterful story telling make this book a must-read.