The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
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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.
Michael Foreman grew up in a small English fishing village and has loved the sea ever since. He has illustrated more than one hundred children s books, and he has won the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Smarties Book Prize, and the Federation of Children s Book Groups Red House Children s Book Award. He has collaborated with Michael Morpurgo on several successful books, including The Amazing Story Of Adolphus Tips and Billy the Kid.
Emma Chichester Clark is the award-winning illustrator of more than forty collections and picture books, including Michael Morpurgo's "The McElderry Book of Aesop's Fables." She is also the author and illustrator of "Follow the Leader!" She lives in London, England.
An evocative and effective retelling of an old classic.
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.