The Pied Piper Of Hamelin: An Old Legend Collected By The Brothers Grimm

Pied piper of hamelinIn the year 1284, the town of Hamelin was overrun by rats and the Mayor himself offered a good fee to the stranger, wearing a parti-colored or “pied” robe, who promised he would rid the town of the plague of rats. The rat-catcher played a tune on his pipe “that had never been heard before,’ which caused the rats to scurry to the River Weser, where they all drowned. But when the townspeople would not give him the gold he had earned, the Pied Piper left the town angry and later returned, dressed like a huntsman, playing another strange melody on his pipe. This time, the Hamelin children followed him and disappeared. This fine translation of the original strange and unsettling tale is adorned with dark and creepy, yet elegant watercolor painting by one of the world’s preeminent book artists. An afterword gives information about the legend and a list of other tales illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger. mjw
Title: The Pied Piper Of Hamelin: An Old Legend Collected By The Brothers Grimm
Author: Retold by Renate Raecke
Illustrator
: Lisbeth Zwerger
Publisher
: Michael Neugebauer Publishing Ltd.  A Minedition book
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Anthea Bell
Original Title
: Originally published in German Legends (1816/18) by Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859)
Original Copyright
: 1816-1818
ISBN
: 978-988-8240-82-1
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 7-9
Genre
: Picture Book, Fairy tale
Book setting
: Hamelin, Germany
Author’s ethnicity
: Renate Raecke – German
Author’s residence
: Germany
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Austrian
Illustrator’s residence
: Vienna
Awards
: Illustrator has won Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1990
Subjects
: Greed, Legendary characters, Legends, Folklore, Rat
 

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