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The Musicians of Bremen Hardcover – October 11, 2005

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Kindergarten-Grade 4–This carefully worded retelling of the popular Grimm brothers' tale is also a lovely blend of text and illustration. Holding closely to the original, Puttapipat uses the conceit of the donkey, at the request of his three companions, relating the story of their grand adventure as an evening's entertainment. Nicely composed and finely detailed ink-and-watercolor illustrations cover a large part of each spread, leaving creamy spaces against which the text is set. The first and last paintings, outlined by white borders, help to carry out the framing device. On some pages, a soft, fine-lined black-ink vignette sits beside the larger colored composition, adding further pictorial detail from the text. The animals are realistically painted, with personality in their facial expressions. Chests out, heads held high, they have clearly bolstered their self-esteem by banding together. An author's note explains why the human characters are dressed in 17th-century garb. This beautifully executed folktale would be a great addition to any collection.–Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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PreS-Gr. 2. In his first picture book, Thai artist Puttapipat makes music the strong focus of his lively version of the old Grimm brothers'folktale. He tells the tale from the viewpoint of the donkey, the dog, the cat, and the rooster, which make a harmonious quartet, braying, drumming, and meowing as the Rooster sings a "gloriously alarming aria." The dramatic ink-and-watercolor illustrations show the characters as real barnyard animals, sad at being discarded by their human owners, strong and melodious together. Particularly memorable is the beautiful double-page spread of Rooster perched on a farmyard gate, his fury expressed in glorious shades of red and blue as his mistress plans to wring his neck. This particular animal quartet never makes it to Bremen; instead, it routs a band of robbers and settles cozily in a cottage, "still making [their] wonderful music together." Adults will appreciate the interesting afterword about the music and the folklore. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1St Edition edition (October 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763627585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763627584
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,828,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Usually, the Musicians of Bremen are given either too-realistic illustrations, or else cartoonish illustrations. We have read five or six versions of the tale, and the stylish illustrations in this book set it far above the rest. The animals "remember" in black and white line drawings (also the secondary action takes place in the sketches), while the main story goes on in color.

One weird line in the book was when the animals are discussing what music they should perform, and the donkey says it should be something by a woman. What? Who cares? It was just tossed in there with no context.

The author's notes tell us how important -- Important! -- it is to include women composers and make the donkey ringleader a female, also.

Look, I'm a woman, and I don't really care that much about whether the animals mangle a man's music tonight, or a woman's. Leave that out of fairy tales, please.
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This is a richly illustrated version of the Grimm animal tale. Outcast animals join together to seek out a new life on their own. Text and illustration are done by a Thai artist in London. The animals are portrayed as animals rather than cartoons. I enjoy having it in my collection of children's books.
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The story is well written and easy to read aloud. The illustrations and story are for the older toddler who will appreciate the band of friends and understand the ageist theme. Beautiful illustrations.
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