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The Pied Piper pipes the village free of rats, and when the villagers refuse to pay him for the service he exacts a terrible revenge
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A gifted writer has given some witty twists to Robert Browning's classic poem, including a poetic rhythm of her own--"When the rats heard the pipe, they were . . . / crunching, crunching, crunching on / almond cookies, nutmeg cakes and every / buttery biscuit cook could bake." This canny piper surveys the rodent-infested Hamelin streets, stroking his chin thoughtfully. " 'There's a way to get rich here,' he said, / and he rented a room at the inn." The DeWitts' paintings are particularly evocative of time and place--rich in both architectural and costume detailing, they imbue the narrative with a colorful life. This Hamelin, where brazen "rats slipped red-eyed through the streets," has been meticulously researched, yet the citizens' faces, for all their character, seem oddly contemporary--almost as if the heads were grafted on from another source. (This is particularly true of the children, who facially resemble small-sized adults.) In general, however, this is a fine new edition, which even finds some appropriately up-to-date morals in an old-fashioned tale of revenge and greed. All ages.
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Grade 3 Up-- This adaptation owes much to Browning. Unfortunately, in choosing to write in prose and for a younger audience, his sprightly verses have been replaced by an awkwardly written account that is not really appropriate for any age. The writing is choppy, disjointed, and lacks continuity. For example, the story reads, " 'There's a way to get rich here,' he said, and he rented a room at the inn." The story depends on the illustrations to flesh out the plot, not just enlarge on it; without them, it doesn't make sense. However, the artwork is cluttered, overly busy, and rather prosaic. The Corrins' prose version (HBJ, 1989) is a clearer, more cohesive version for an audience too young for Browning's original, and the illustrations by Errol LeCain are far superior to these. This classic tale deserves a better fate. --Phyllis G. Sidorsky, National Cathedral School, Washington, DC
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Book Description Stemmer House Pub, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: New. Pat Dewitt; Robin Dewitt (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0880451157
Book Description Stemmer House Pub, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0880451157