The Musicians of Bremen by Grimm

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Seeking a new lease on life, four clever creatures make music and mischief in this elegant edition of an oft-told classic.

Once upon a time, Donkey, Dog, Cat, and Rooster, spurned by their owners, decide to set off to Bremen to make their way as musicians, each one according to his voice: Donkey a lute player, Dog a drummer, Cat a violinist, and Rooster a tenor. Along the way, the talented troubadours put on a show for a band of robbers who, it turns out, are in for a terrible fright. Thai artist Niroot Puttapipat takes one of the Grimm brothers' best-loved fairy tales and wryly retells it from the point of view of the animals. His stunning illustrations make this a unique edition to treasure. A compelling endnote mentions other historical versions of the traditional tale and explains why the author chose to set his narrative in the 1600s - an era that offered the chance to highlight some of the great musical composers of the time.
 

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NIROOT PUTTAPIPAT grew up in Thailand, the grandson of a Lan Na Thai princess. As a child, he often spent time drawing and acting out stories, leading to a lifelong interest in art and literature. Niroot Puttapipat says he was intrigued by the story of THE MUSICIANS OF BREMEN because of his love of music and his passion for drawing animals, particularly birds. A recent graduate of Kingston University, he now lives in London. THE MUSICIANS OF BREMEN is his first full-length picture book.
 
Published October 1, 1967 by Blackie. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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A simply rewritten text keeps the original tone and the over-all effect is pleasing.

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The storyline in this effort sticks quite close to the original: An aging donkey, dog, cat and rooster all flee from their abusive masters.

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Although animals' instruments are nowhere to be seen in the illustrations, the spot art is filled with scrolls of sheet music, and much is made in the text of the instruments the animals choose to play ("Come and be the violinist to my lutenist and Dog's drummer").

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