The Bremen Town Musicians by Brothers Grimm

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Here is the classic Grimm's tale of a run-away donkey, a down-and-out dog, a cast-off cat, and a rooster ... about to be cooked. They set off together to Bremen to become the town musicians.

This story, with its singularly satisfying happy ending, is made especially delightful by the enchanting illustrations of Hsin-Shih Lai and the inventive design of Howard Besserman. It will bring a smile to young and old alike.

(Ages 4-7)

 

About Brothers Grimm

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After studying at Marburg, Jacob became a clerk in the War Office at Kassel, and in 1808 librarian to Jerome Bonaparte, King of Westphalia. In 1841 he received Professorship at Berlin, and in 1854 began work on Deutsches Worterbuch with his brother. Bernadette Watts has loved to draw since her childhood in England. She created her first picture book under the influence of Beatrix Potter. Watts studied at the Maidstone Art School in Kent and is the illustrator of North South fairy tales The Snow Queen and The Ugly Duckling.
 
Published July 1, 1945 by NorthSouth. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Two new versions of the gladsome story of the animal quartet are at hand, each with some positive aspects, neither a challenge to Hans Fischer's The Traveling Musicians.

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The late Hans Fischer did some of his most joyous illustrations for The Travelling Musicians, creating a dumb-show of not-so-dumb animals that remains a first choice.

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Similar in format to this team’s The Lion and the Mouse and Other Aesop’s Fables, this handsomely designed collection of retellings of six Grimm stories is distinctive in voice and image.

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The inimitable Zwerger ('Twas the Night Before Christmas ) and experienced translator Bell transform what in other hands has come off as a silly story into a captivating tale about the unwitting triumph of four aged animals who join together to create a band, foil a gang of robbers, and end up fi...

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One may question the need for yet another rendering of this Brothers Grimm tale of the four aging animals who set out for Bremen to start life anew as musicians, yet who end up residing happily in a cottage whose inhabitants--three robbers--they ingeniously manage to scare away.

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The child-appealing prose is studded with such distinctive phrases as a depiction of the forlorn cat, whom the donkey and the dog find by the roadside, ``looking as dismal as three wet days.'' When the feisty quartet interrupts a group of robbers in a thatched-roof cottage counting their money as...

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