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Paying Piper (or "What Happened in Hamelin Town") [Kindle Edition]

Ilana Waters , Marcia Trahan
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Book Description

The people of Hamelin have a problem with rats. There are rats in their houses, their stores—even swimming in their stew! The rats don’t think they’re a problem. They just want to live their lives in peace. With the town’s approval, the mayor thinks of a clever way to solve the problem. He offers twenty gold pieces to a piper to rid the town of rats. He delivers only five.

But he’s cheated the wrong piper, who’ll have to use both skill and wit to teach this town a lesson. Because there’s more than money at stake. An evil pattern is emerging in the way Hamelin treats any creature it considers inferior. And the Piper vows to put an end to it—once and for all.

Think you know everything about this classic folktale of greed and cunning? In “Paying Piper,” you’ll learn what really happened the day a magical musician came to Hamelin—and why.

Fans of fairy tales with a twist will delight in this tricky, witty middle-grade short story. (And if you’re a parent or teacher, stay tuned for bonus discussion questions at the end!)

“Paying Piper” is approximately 5,000 words, or about twenty pages.

“Stories that keep you guessing and beckon you to turn the page are my favorites. ‘Paying Piper’ fits this category.” –

“I loved ‘Paying Piper.’ The quirky, conversational tone reminded me of Roald Dahl. The story has the kind of playful humor and subtler wit that make it a lot more than just another children's story.” --

“Children’s stories are a fantastic tool for teaching, and ‘Paying Piper’ is no exception. Waters’ take on a folklore classic appears to be a solid story for parents to share with their kids.”

“This was such a wonderful story. I could picture it playing out in my head. It was very well written, and had a great lesson too.”

“This was a charming retelling of a classic. Waters twists the tale in a unique way.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 174 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ilana Waters; 1 edition (January 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,765 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-told and thoroughly enjoyable retelling. July 5, 2013
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While this starts out as a typical retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, it doesn't end that way. When the mayor hires the piper to get rid of the rats he plans to cheat him of the 20 gold coins he promised and only give the piper five gold coins. Now in the original story, the piper than leads the children away as revenge for the way he was treated and of course we never know what happens to the children (depending on the retelling), but in this version the piper doesn't lead the children away out of revenge, but out of compassion and a determination to teach the townfolk a lesson. It seems that once the rats left, the townsfolk turned their irritation and anger on their children as well as lying and cheating their neighbors. Once the piper leads the children away he lets them know that in order to get their children back they need to mend their ways. Not only an entertaining story with fun details about talking rats who love to dance, but a fun story about how to treat others. I appreciated the questions at the end about stranger danger as well. A well-told and thoroughly enjoyable fairy tale retelling that I can highly recommend.
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I like the characters. The morals of this story are many and could generate good discussion among a class. Thanks!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Story May 29, 2013
By Dena
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I was really impressed with this beautiful short story about the Pied Piper. It had a lot of personality in it and the characters were surprisingly lovable for being such a short book. There was one thing that the author didn't resolve and it left me unsatisfied at the very end. Other than that, I loved the story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Variation of a Familiar Tale July 12, 2014
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"Paying Piper" is a short children's story of The Pied Piper. It's a short read, and one that would be good for a bedtime story--perhaps over 2 or 3 nights. The story varies from other versions, and I really enjoyed this one, as it dealt more with the towns people and made for a great ending. The writing was excellent, there was good humor and a good moral lesson.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting tilt June 22, 2014
By linda
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This had a very interesting tilt on the story. It gave a bit of insite into the piper story line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I thought it was great/sad" May 4, 2014
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"I thought this story was great, but it was sad. It made me cry a little. I am glad the children returned in the end!", says Bethany a third grader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good story May 3, 2014
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I thought the book was very entertaining and a good twist on the original story. Great read for all. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good kids book July 18, 2013
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This is a cute little story for kids. Adults will like it too. It's short and sweet.The writing was well done. Story seem a little different to what I remember hearing as a child.
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