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Robert Browning's famous verse retelling of the medieval legend of the Pied Piper is renowned for its humor and vivid wordplay. When the selfish townspeople of Hamelin refuse to pay the piper for spiriting away the hordes of rats that had plagued them, he exacts his revenge by luring away their greatest treasure, the children of the town.Excerpt from The Pied Piper of HameRobert Browning's famous verse retelling of the medieval legend of the Pied Piper is renowned for its humor and vivid wordplay. When the selfish townspeople of Hamelin refuse to pay the piper for spiriting away the hordes of rats that had plagued them, he exacts his revenge by luring away their greatest treasure, the children of the town.Excerpt from The Pied Piper of Hamelin The Pied Piper of Hamelin. I. Hamelin Town's in Brunswick, By famous Hanover city;The river Weser, deep and wide, Washes its wall on the southern side;A pleasanter spot you never spied;But, when begins my ditty, Almost five hundred years ago, To see the townsfolk suffer soFrom vermin, was a pity....

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Number of Pages : 105 Pages
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The Pied Piper of Hamelin Reviews

  • Andrew
    2019-05-16 20:31

    This is one of those stories I sort of remembered, having heard it many years ago. But reading it now in Robert Brownings prose not only brought its all vividly back to life but also brought added depth that I didn't remember.The story is a retelling of the medieval tale of how the Pied Piper rid the city of rats only to be double crossed and how he took his revenge (now normally I would voraciously refrain from spoilers but I think with this story there is little danger of ruining the experience of discovering this brand new for the first time).Now the story is a classic there is no doubt but for me there is the double pleasure with the incredible artwork. Here we have the work of Kate Greenaway which I think is a perfect accompaniment giving a timeless feel to the story and the book itself. Along with the illustrations of Heath Robinson (yes the man of the impossible contraption fame) I think they add to the experience and even though this book was published in 1993 it still feels as sumptuous as the first printing back in 1842.

  • Manybooks
    2019-05-19 20:39

    While I indeed and definitely much enjoy Robert Browning's verse, I do wonder if the at times rather heavy satiric and social criticism of The Pied Piper of Hamelin might in fact be a bit of a potential comprehension issue for younger children (as an adult, it sure tickles my proverbial fancy, but as a child, I am not sure I would have even understood the majority of the diverse allusions, and might also have found the rhyme scheme itself a bit distracting and taxing). And while Kate Greenaway's companying illustrations are lush and descriptive (and I can certainly understand why and how she has an award for best UK illustrated children's book named in her honour), due to the salient truth that I am personally familiar with the German city of Hamelin, I actually tend tp find her depictions, her pictorial offering generally far more British than German in nature and scope (really not all that much of a major potential issue, but visual historical authenticity does seem bit lacking). Interestingly enough, a number of modern scholars now believe the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin to be a folkloric allusion to a mass migration out of Hamelin and its environs in Mediaeval times (some claim this might have been due to the so-called Children's Crusades, and although there has not been any actual historical proof of this, the theory is both intriguing and worthy of consideration and further research). I was actually more surprised and intrigued to learn (while recently reading a fictional autobiography about Romanian Germans immigrating to North America in the late 19th century) that according to folklore and tradition, the Germans of Romania consider themselves to be the descendants of the lost children of Hamelin. I have not been able to verify this information, but from a folkloric point of view, it is indeed an interesting "origin" tale concept, and one that might well have a basis in fact, as the Germans of Romania are indeed the decedents of individuals who migrated en masse from Germany to the Balkans during the Middle Ages (from the 12th century onwards, according to information I read on Wikipedia).

  • Purvi Petal
    2019-05-02 02:44

    Excellent, vivid, brilliant! One of the earliest works I read, first as Grimms tales and then as this poem, I was something in class V or VI, I guess, it left the strongest impression on me. While the Grimms tales version inspired me to write my very first work of fiction at age 7 yrs, a poem about a princess with 7 pet rats or some such thing, can't recall much of it now but I was in love with my own very first work for a long time, just because these kinda horror fairy tales had made me fall in love with the art of story-telling itself.

  • Иван Величков
    2019-05-14 21:41

    Чудесна билингва, илюстрирана от Томас и Уенди Крейк за малкия им син, която той издава години по-късно в тяхна памет.Преводът на Евгения Панчева е доста добър и забавен.Поемата на Браунинг, естествено класика, успява да бъде едновременно развличаща, поучителна и леко плашеща. Приказката сигурно всички сте я чували.

  • Brian
    2019-05-03 18:36

    I looked around on the FreeBooks app I bought and wandered across Browning's shorter poems. The rhyme schemes entertain with exquisite grace. I want more of this classic poet!

  • MwanamaliMari
    2019-05-09 02:37

    I first read this as a story book when I couldn't tell pinkies from thumbs but I reread it again back in high school in a literature textbook. I now own that literature textbook in my personal library. And I don't mean some app on my phone, I mean a physical library (only thing that deserves to be called a library). It is my favourite poem ever!!!I have re-read it countless times, out loud. There's just something amazing about the clever rhymes. The Pied Piper is the coolest anti hero I have ever read about. Who else can drive out rats by playing his piper, leading them to a river and drowning them?? Then the leadership of Hamelin refuse to pay him and he retaliates by offering the same extermination to...If you consider yourself a poetry aficionado, and you haven't read Robert Browning's The Pied Piper of Hamelin, then you don't even deserve to call yourself a fan let alone an aficionado!

  • Oliur Rahman
    2019-05-11 22:52

    Robert Browning's tale of a man who saved the little town of Hamelin from the gruesome deaths of the plague caused by rats is a story I still remember today as one of my favourites. The Pied piper was promised money in return for his heroic act but was later denied by the people he saves. He promised to return with revenge and when he died he played his flute which drove all the children of Hamelin away to never return. A story I feel more suited for KS2 due to the fact that the children never return to their mothers and this may be quite terrifying for younger children however, a great tale which portrays the dreadful consequences of lying and not keeping promises.

  • Gerry
    2019-05-20 01:31

    The message is obviously 'Don't mess with the Pied Piper'.The burghers offer a large sum of money for him to rid the town of rats. When he does so, they renege on the deal and offer him far less.They think there is nothing that he can do about it. How wrong they were as he got out his flute and enticed the children of the village away. One managed to miss being led into the cavern in the mountain as he was lame and he was later to lament, 'It's dull in our town since my playmates left!'This large format edition is beautifully illustrated by Van Dyck.

  • Ana Rînceanu
    2019-05-15 19:31

    (view spoiler)[So in the end all the children end up in Transilvania.... (hide spoiler)]

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    2019-05-15 23:50

    It's a cautionary tale. There are rats in the city, everywhere, and the city officials don't know what to do. Who appears but the Pied Piper, offering to rid the town of rats for a pretty price? And when he plays his pipe and leads them all to their death (except one rat to share the story with others) and returns to collect his reward, how is he repaid? The town offers only a meager amount. In retribution, the Piper plays his pipe again, and this time leads all the children of the town into a mysterious opening in a mountain, where they are never seen again.A marvelous little story, told in verse.1001 Children's Books You Must Read

  •  Maryam (●゚ヮ´●)ノ
    2019-05-12 22:36

    قصة زمّار هاملين. تحكي القصة عن الزمّار الذي انقذ بلدة هاملين من الجرذان التي ابتُليت بها بالعزف على مزماره.عندما كنت صغيرة شاهدت رسومًا متحركة عن هذه القصة في التلفاز لذا لديّ علم بهذه القصة الخيالية الكلاسيكية القديمة (أعشق القصص الخيالية القديمة)أحب هذه القصة ولكنني لا زلت لا أتذكر ماذا حدث في النهاية. ذلك الفضول هو الذي جعلني أرغب بشدة في قراءة القصة الأصلية. ما لم أكن أعلم هو أن كاتب القصة قام بسرد القصة على شكل قصيدة ونظرًا لكونها قصة من القرن التاسع عشر فإنها تحتوي على بعض الكلمات الإنجليزية القديمة التي لم أقرأها من قبل ولا أعرف معناها، لذا كانت قراءة هذه القصيدة بمثابة تحدٍ بالنسبة إليّ. مع هذا يستحق هذا الكتاب كل الجهد. قصة جميلة جدًا توضح مدى أهمية الوفاء بالوعد.

  • Beccy
    2019-05-14 00:37

    There are a few versions of Browning's THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN available, so if you like the text you might want to pick and choose your edition based on the illustrations.I think traditionally this text gets taught at secondary school, however, I can't see any reason why a year five or six class shouldn't be introduced to it. The plot of the poem is of a stranger who comes to the town of Hamelin in Germany to rid the place of rats. He completes his mission by luring them out of town and into the river with his pipe music. However, when the time comes for the town council to pay him for his work, they will not, and so, as a truly macabre act of revenge, he lures the town's children away in the same way that he did with the rodents.It's a dark poem, and yet strangely hypnotic. Based on a time when the town's children really were lost, purportedly to the plague or some other medical epidemic or perhaps to a landslide- there are various suggestions- Browning's interpretation may be a considered one of a number of secondary sources of art and literature depicting these events. This poem is great to get discussion going, a literary detective case to piece together what actually might have happened when read in conjunction with other representations of the events in Hamelin. It also offers the children the chance to write in their verse, what happened in Hamelin, based on Browning's poem, or perhaps turn their hands to journalism and write a newspaper story based on the events depicted in the poem. As a writer, Browning can also be used on projects on the Victorians, with the added bonus (if it can be termed that) of having his tomb in Poets' Corner in Westmister Abbey and available to be visited. Certainly not a light read, but definitely one to ge a lot out of.

  • Ryan Rainey
    2019-05-03 21:32

    This was a very good book. The story took place in a little town far far away. There were the towns people, the Mayor of the town, and the Pied Piper as characters in this poem. The town was having a rodent problem. The Piper got rid of all the rodents for the town. Thats about all I can say with out giving away the whole entire book. This book rhymes very well. The rhymes are direct and the author doesnt try to use words that are close to rhyming. There are exact rhymes. This poem has images on just about every other page of the book. You can draw an image in your mind from reading the text and the images that you can draw from the text appear very close to the images that are given. This poem gives good insight. Just as you would think the Piper couldnt do anything to get the Mayor back he finds a way to do so. This poem how ever doesn't give an approprateness for occasion. There is no celebration in this poem besides that of the one that the rodents are gone. Overall this poem follows very closely to the criteria of poems. I thought this poem was very good. The poem was very funny. You would never think that rodents could overtake a town like in this book. There definatly was a fantastical appearence of the poem with the Piper being able to get rid of the rodents using his pipe. The pictures were a good visual aid to the text and were very exact to the text. I can relate this poem to my life because the moral is that you always got to stand up for yourself and never let anyone take advantage of you. There were many times that i had to use this moral in my life. Once you let someone walk over you they just keep doing so. The Pied Piper did not let that happen with the Mayor.

  • David Edmonds
    2019-05-03 01:44

    The Pied Piper of Hamelin is "the first in a series of miniature books that focus on original folklore classics" and the latest edition from Lorin Morgan-Richards' A Raven Above Press. The wonderful thing about Morgan-Richards' books is that they are all handmade originals. He creates each book individually, so each is unique in its own way. Quite frankly, as far as I'm concerned, his books are miniature works of art. Lorin Morgan-Richards art reminds me of a modern day Charles Addams or Edward Gorey. He dabbles in the unusual and strange, yet there's just enough of the familiar in his artwork to keep it grounded. His artwork is perfectly matched to the tone of The Pied Piper of Hamelin, the familiar folklore tale of the strange Piper who comes to Hamelin to rid them of the rats that are infesting their town, and who then takes the children of Hamelin away with his magical, musical pipe after the townsfolk deny paying for his service. The book itself is rather tiny, measuring at just 4 inches tall and 3 inches wide, which really adds to its charm. I so thoroughly enjoy the books from A Raven Above Press, and I'm looking forward to future editions in the Folklore Mini-Series.

  • Tweedledum
    2019-04-27 21:25

    The Pied Piper..... What a wonderful poem. I close my eyes and am back snuggled up in bed with mum reciting this poem from memory in a way that kept me hanging on her every word. I have no idea how many evenings I begged for this poem but I know it was a lot. Yet sadly I do not have my mum's memory and cannot revise for than a few stanzas and odd lines. This is what makes Illustrated versions such a pleasure such as this glorious Kate Greenaway version. The tragedy of the story did not matter at all. That happened somewhere else to some other children. I was quite safe. I did not fear a pied piper turning up to our town... We had no rats I could see.... And anyway the piper was, in my mind at least benevolently intentioned towards the children.... They were not drowned... Sometimes mum, wearying of this poem would try to offer me an alternative... Robert of Sicily... Another Browning epic I recall was often invoked... But really it did not cut the mustard. Listening to the rhythm and sound of the words is the key. The poem has a massive momentum once begun. It is just not the same reading it.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-04-30 22:43

    I recently finished a prose version of this tale that was by Sara and Stephen Corrin and was illustrated by Errol Le Cain, and I really loved it. I’m about to read another prose edition that’s by Robert Holden and illustrated by Drahos Zak. This book is the famous poem by Robert Browning and it’s illustrated by Kate Greenaway. I’d thought I’d grown up with the poem but now I know that I was mistaken. I did grow up with a song (that record is in a box that’s not readily accessible) and the lyrics and tune were very catchy. I did grow up with the story too; I now am assuming that it was the Grimm Brothers version.I’ve always been fascinated by this story but I was not favorably impressed with this poem. I do not think I’d have at all enjoyed it as a child and even now I prefer this tale told in story form.The Kate Greenaway illustrations were colorful but the paintings seemed to encompass different styles, some of which I loved and some of which I thought were just okay.

  • Glenn
    2019-04-24 19:45

    This is the original version of the classic "children's" story. I saw a reference to it in another book I was reading and realized I had never actually read it. I did. It was a horrifying tale of unspeakable revenge...I would never read this to a child. Magnificently written, the plot left me speechless. I think before making casual reference to the Pied Piper or to "paying the Piper" in casual conversation, as is often done, one should read the book. My guess is it will change your mind about making such references.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-11 20:36

    This review refers specifically to the book with Greenaway's illustrations.The poem itself is great, of course, and Kate Greenaway's pictures are, as always, charming. They were not, however, originally published with the text, and they change the dynamic of the story slightly (particularly in the final image). She presents an unusual take on Browning's poem. Overall, this book is worth reading, and the illustrations are beautiful, but I'd definitely recommend reading a version without pictures first.

  • ABC
    2019-04-25 00:52

    Fairly child friendly version of this famous tale.

  • Michael J. Sceptre
    2019-05-18 23:37

    I loved the word play and humour in the poem. For a very long time I thought the Pied Piper a hero only to learn the uncomfortable truth about him taking innocent children away.I could not reconcile the two notions of having a good character who came to rescue a town in trouble and also the same person taking their children away because of none payment.Talk about teaching an entire town a painful lesson about keeping promises!My gut told me this folktale wasn't finished - What happened to the children of Hamelin? Where did the Pied Piper go? Where had he come from? How did he know about Hamelin's troubles in the first place? What about the crippled boy who got left behind - how did life fare for him? The crooked Mayor - did anyone confront him for causing the town's troubles?Although not a writer in every sense of the word, I sensed a good story could come out of all these questions I had.I was born an introvert and extremely shy until on my first day at high school the teacher asked me to read out William Shakespeare's Macbeth! I found my voice, confidence and fell in love with Shakespeare's play. I have written the book as if for a theatre play. The book is more witty conversations and less descriptions and other fluff. It is quiet unorthodox as I am just a story teller who is having fun (and sometimes stress) of trying to re-write or answer the age old question about where are the children!I decided to pick up where Robert Browning had left off - to go find Hamelin's children!You can listen to an audiobook excerpt here:

  • محمود راضي
    2019-04-23 19:43

    أعرف حكاية (الزمار) منذ الصغر، قرأتها في أكثر من مصدر، وشاهدتها في العديد من اﻷعمال الرسومية، لكن أول معرفة لي بالنسخة المنظومة شعرًا التي كتبها روبرت براونينج لهذه الحكاية كانت من خلال الفيلم الكندي "حياة آخروية حلوة" للمخرج أتوم يوجين حين كانت بطلة الفيلم نيكول بارنيل تقرأ منه خلال اﻷحداث، وخاصة الجزء الذي يقرر فيه الزمار الانتقام من أهل البلدة الذين بخسوا حقه بعد مساعدتهم في التغلب على مشكلة انتشار الفئران في البلدة بأسرها، وحديث الفتى العاجز الذي لم يفلح في اللحاق ببقية اﻷطفال الذين لحقوا بالزمار بالتماس مع حالة عجزها عن الحركة بعد تعرضها لحادثة بباص المدرسة.

  • Summer
    2019-05-08 19:41

    I first happened upon this story watching an old black and white Mickey Mouse feature in Netflix. The irony of Mickey being a Mouse who got rid of rats in a town was not lost on me. 😉This version is obviously much more classic and Kate Greenway’s gorgeous wood cutouts are the perfect touch to this wonderful story of the most extraordinary exterminator. If only it could be that pleasant in real life.

  • Pamela
    2019-04-30 23:26

    Never out of date.When looking for a book with a similar title, I came upon this jewel by browning, I realized I had been remiss in my goal to read all the classics I could. Knowing the story does not take away from the brilliance of the writing or, the moral. Everyone should read it!

  • Lydia Dyslin
    2019-05-06 01:32

    The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a poem by Robert Browning. I read this little poem for school and went quite in-depth to it. I rather enjoyed the story. It was funny and interesting to study. I also enjoyed learning a little bit about the origins of the poem. I don't really have anything else to say about it except I recommend it! :)4 stars out of 5.

  • Antonio Santos Rumbea
    2019-05-21 00:30

    Historia corta y aleccionadora. Buen trabajo de traducción.Moraleja, la deslealtad con los acuerdos no debe quedar impune. Aunque su precio sea alto y no siempre sean del todo justas las consecuencias.

  • Margaret Osburn
    2019-05-06 02:36

    Wow!! I love this book. Lesson: Never promise what you can't or won't deliver. Read! Enjoy! 😄😄😄😄😄😄

  • Keith
    2019-04-26 19:46

    "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" with the Greenaway illustrations was an enjoyable read many years ago, when I was young. I reread it today.

  • Rose
    2019-05-12 20:29

    This book is one I greatly enjoyed as a child, always begging my big sister to read it over and over. (I had a gorgeous antique hardbound copy with beautiful painted illustrations, that was a large part of the allure.) While you might think this sort of theme would be a less than stellar choice for little kids, I loved this story and I recommend it for children. It was quite clear why the Pied Piper took the children away, and the concept isn't too deep for most youngsters.

  • Josh Butler
    2019-04-26 01:30

    I will always have a soft spot in my heart for this story. As one of the first scary stories I've ever read, it sticks the best. And that it is written in the form of a poem only adds to the mysterious nature of the story. You feel like you're reading the poem of a historical event (and, in fact, the poem itself is based on real events; yet again, more and more mysterious culminates in your mind before you even have a chance to read the first line). Brief: (view spoiler)[The city of Hanover, a beautiful and idyllic city, has a unique problem: it is plagued by a horde of vermin. Rats! Naturally, the people put the onus on the Mayor and his helpers, threatening to toss him out if he doesn't fix the problem. Before the Mayor can so much as brainstorm a solution, the enigmatic Piper arrives and knocks at the Town Hall door. He offers a solution, if only they pay him for his work. They hastily accept his offer and promise to pay him fifty times his asking price. He steps out the door, plays his magic tune, and all the rats flee to the bottom of the nearby Weser River. The people cheer at their good fortune; however, they willfully forget their promise to pay their savior the full amount--and instead offer him a small fraction of his original quote. The Pied Piper, enraged, threatens them and implores them to reconsider. They laugh at him, saying they won't pay him still. So, in his cool anger, he pipes a new tune which draws the children from their homes. They, as the rats, line up together and begin marching along the road. They are enraptured by the music, and they follow the Piper in a neat little line out of the village. Then comes the most haunting part of the story. The children are delivered to the side of a mountain, where they step through a portal with the Piper to another world; once every child has stepped through, the portal slams shut. One lame child who remained behind made mention of the beautiful images the Pied Piper painted in their minds, joyous things he promised all the children would see on the other side. (The chilling part of this to me is, did the Piper lie?) Perhaps you might see it in a different light, and that is okay of course. (hide spoiler)]You can read it for free here: story has resonated with me for a long, long time. I'm talking two decades. It's a beautiful piece of writing, and it's one of those few, precious stories which stays with you forever. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who enjoys words and a good chill. Remember to always keep your promises.

  • Meltha
    2019-05-23 23:53

    If this had simply been Browning's version of the story, I probably would have gone with a 3-star review, not because it's faulty in any way but the vocabulary and rhyme patterns haven't aged particularly well. On the other hand, Greenaway's illustrations are absolutely wonderful and pretty much belong in the dictionary next to the word "charming," so it balances out. The piper is promised 1000 gold coins here and they try to pay him only 50, so he steals the kids. There is some seriously messed up undercurrents in this, though. We get the inner thoughts of the one rat who escaped, who tells of the wonderful things the music promised the rats, like cheese and cider presses and all sorts of goodies, until they all drowned except him. Then the one boy with the bad leg comes back, and his thoughts are actually frighteningly similar to the rats, with the children hearing promises of wonderful things, even the healing of his leg, until the mountain snaps shut. The image of the piper surrounded by happy children in a garden is all very pleasant until it begins to occur to the reader that all the children are suddenly dressed in white and look rather like they've died. There is a section at the end telling of a group living in Transylvania (long before it got the Dracula reputation) that claims to have come from Hamelin after escaping from a subterranean prison, which might back up the idea they're at least alive, but also that the Piper's idyllic stories of a child-paradise were a load of hooey. Regardless, it's a good version.