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The Pied Piper of Hamelin [Hardcover]

Michael Morpurgo , Emma Chichester Clark

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Book Description

Oct. 25 2011
The classic tale takes on modern themes in a retelling by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, aided by Emma Chichester Clark's bright illustrations.

In the town of Hamelin, the rich folk live high off the hog, while the poor and sick must scavenge in the trash that's left behind. And that trash keeps building up and up until a horde of rats overruns the town. In this lively retelling, a spunky street kid narrates the age-old tale of a piper who offers to rid a town of its rats for a single gold coin, then lures away the town's children when the greedy mayor reneges on the deal. With a nod to contemporary social and environmental themes, former British Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Emma Chichester Clark team up to charm readers with a compelling--and ultimately hopeful--new take on a timeless story.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (Oct. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780763648244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763648244
  • ASIN: 0763648248
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 23.7 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #919,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An evocative and effective retelling of an old classic.
—Kirkus Reviews

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pied Peper of Hamelin June 16 2012
By olyles - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for young kids. I was introduced to it about 45 years ago. My two kids just read it and they love it too, and I am sure that your kids will love it as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended Nov. 19 2013
By T. Koren - Published on Amazon.com
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Very well illustrated. Easier to read to a four year old than the original Brothers Grimm poetry. It is a keeper
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You June 10 2013
By Beth Colaner-Kenney - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is so excellent. I gave it to a patient in a memory care facility and she cried she loved it so much! Thank you
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children Nov. 1 2011
By Yana V. Rodgers - Published on Amazon.com
Hamlin Town had several big problems, with the biggest of all taking the form of a greedy mayor who hoarded much of the town's wealth. He and his councilors had become filthy rich by taxing the townspeople more than three quarters of what they earned, and then using that money to pay for personal luxuries. Life in Hamlin became increasingly precarious, with a large shantytown on the outskirts, growing heaps of garbage, and a burgeoning group of orphaned and abandoned children who had to resort to petty thievery in order to survive.

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.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations. Flawed economics. Aug. 2 2012
By M. Heiss - Published on Amazon.com
The beautiful illustrations in this book almost -- almost -- lull you into accepting the economics of the author.

"rich and greedy."
"rich and greedy."
"rich and greedy."

Rich and greedy. They go together, see?

"When one man becomes rich, ten others become poor," the author tells us.

"Children should not have to grow up in a place... where greed and wastefulness rule. There must be no more beggars, no more poor... There is enough to go around in Hamelin Town for everyone, and enough is all you need. Every child should have a clean place to live, food on the table, and a warm fire in the winter." -- These are the kidnapper's (the author's) demands.

Parents note: Socialism is evil. It starts with a lie and ends with famines and firing squads.

On the plus side, though -- right at the beginning, Michael Morpurgo defines what he calls "extortionate taxes" -- 75%. It's hard to get anybody to tell you what they think the maximum tax rate should be. But it's nice to hear 75% is too high.

This book gives you the opportunity to point out how a government that grows "rich and greedy" at the expense of its citizenry robs them of opportunity and the blessings of liberty. Teach your children.

A better Pied Piper book is the one by Mercer Mayer: The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

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