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The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Picture bluegum) Paperback – 30 Sep 1998

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I would give it a dozen stars if I could 22 Feb. 2006
By Lientje - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have been collecting children's illustrated books since 1999;

I have nearly 1300 of them now. And I would put this one in my

Top Ten favorites. First, I like this particular story because

it takes place near the village of my German ancestors. Second,

architecture nearly always plays a large part in my list of top

favorites and this is loaded with wonderful old medieval

buildings (the illustrator's father was an architect and his love

for it shows). Third, I am partial to stories in rhyme which this

not only has but it is also very easy flowing rhyme. It is never

strained. Fourth, the moral remains in place and could in fact

be used in political discussion. When the Piper asks for

payment for his services, the townsfolk reply: "'What? Give all we have, the town's greatest riches! You'd be lucky to get a new

pair of britches!' The Piper stood still, and saw that these creatures had nothing of kindness nor truth in their features"

And last, I love making new & talented discoveries. I had never

heard of these two Aussies before, but I will keep looking for

their work from now on. P.S. The illustrator, Zak, came to

Australia by way of Prague, Czech Republic, which has probably

the greatest concentration of beautiful architecture in the

world. No wonder he is so good at depicting it!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
beautiful book 28 Aug. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a gorgeous book and a wonderful version of the story for young kids. The ending is of course sad for the parents in the story (the kids leave with the piper because the parents did not pay his bill), but for the kids in the story, things don't seem so bad. "The children left singing for a future much brighter. And thus Hamelin paid for the tunes of the piper." The illustrations are spectacular (some of the most interesting pictures I have seen in a children's book). I bought this book initially because I could not obtain an out-of-print version of the Pied Piper story which was recommended in Jim Trelease's book THE READ-ALOUD HANDBOOK (a wonderful resource for parents who want to teach children the enjoyment of reading and books). When I finally obtained the book Mr. Trelease recommended, I found I liked this version illustrated by Drahos Zak and retold by Robert Holden even better. My kids are in first and third grades, and both love this book (I love it too!) I recommend this book very highly.
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