The Bremen Town Musicians by Grimm Brothers

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This is the classic tale of four beleaguered animals—a donkey who can no longer work, a hound who can no longer hunt, a cat who’s too old to chase mice, and a rooster who’s scheduled to become dinner—who decide to run off to be musicians in the town of Bremen. But they get more than they bargained for when they stumble upon a frightful gang of robbers. Maybe they can find a clever way to turn their dreadful singing to their advantage in this wittily illustrated book that’s sure to appeal to Ms. Zwerger’s many fans.
 

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Lisbeth Zwerger lives in Vienna, Austria.
 
Published March 1, 2007 by Minedition. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-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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Watts's soft, more traditional illustrations don't have the rambunctious zest of Wilhelm's (below), but they are appealingly pretty (in the best sense), representing the animals with sympathy, their defeat of the robbers with some humor, and the setting with a pleasant nostalgia.

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She often ends the tale with commentary or personal insights: "In the Grimm Brothers' time this tale was told as a warning to kids (the human kind) not to let strangers in," Orgel explains at the end of "The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids."

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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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