- Publisher: Createspace
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 148481536X
- ISBN-13: 978-1484815366
- Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,563,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pied Piper of Hamelin Paperback
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They fought the dogs, and killed the cats,
And bit the babies in the cradles,
And ate the cheeses out of the vats,
And licked the soup from the cook's own ladles,
Split open the kegs of salted sprats,
Made nests inside men's Sunday hats,
And even spoiled the women's chats,
By drowning their speaking
With shrieking and squeaking
In fifty different sharps and flats."
Robert Browning (1812-1889) first published his poem "The Pied Piper of Hamelin, A Child's Story" in 1842, based on an old German legend which may or may not have had some basis in historical fact. Browning was a serious poet; even in a poem filled with playful rhymes written specifically for children, he did not "dumb down" his language, but expected his readers to do a little work in understanding some of his "big words."
Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) was one of the most famous and popular illustrators of children's literature in the latter part of the 19th Century. She had grown up loving Browning's poem, and shortly before his death she requested and received his permission to republish it accompanied by her own illustrations. This edition was initially published in 1888 under the imprint of George Routledge & Sons, which was at that same time in the process of splitting between Routledge and Frederick Warne. Starting in 1889 all subsequent editions carried the Warne imprint. The book continued to be popular, and Frederick Warne has issued reprints from time to time, well into the late 20th Century. This Warne edition is not in print at present, but used copies with various reprint dates are available from Amazon Marketplace sellers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A powerful poem about promises made and promises broken and lasting consequences for a small medieval town in Germany. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great story that children in my class love. The verbs that Mercer Mayer uses are vivid and create clear pictures. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cheryl
The book I received was wonderful!! Timely delivery, and seller very personable. Thank you!!
A beautiful editiion I purchased as a gift. Lovely illustrations.Published on August 21, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This is a beautiful book, but I'm still searching for better illustrationsPublished on July 14, 2014 by Pippin606
It was a lovely book and my grandson enjoyed the pictures. I was not aware that it would be in poetry form and old English/Scots, which was a little much for a 6 year old.Published on June 12, 2014 by Marcia Healy
I anayzed thi poem for class once, and it is a very interesting and fun read. In my opinon, this is definitely worth reading.Published on June 11, 2014 by Rong Wei
it's really bad and not interesting... like at all.
don't recommend this at all
it's really boring and pointless I wanna puke on this book