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The Pied Piper of Hamelin Hardcover – Oct 25 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (Oct. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763648248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763648244
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 1.2 x 27.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #932,087 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children Nov. 1 2011
By Yana V. Rodgers - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
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The Pied Peper of Hamelin June 16 2012
By olyles - Published on
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Helping others on how to make this world better than how we met it. Sept. 7 2015
By valm - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wonderful book for children or for adults to read to the children on deciding and making better decisions in life.
Thank You June 10 2013
By Beth Colaner-Kenney - Published on
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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
recommended Nov. 19 2013
By T. Koren - Published on
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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

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