This children's classic is retold here by a children's author translated from the Italian. Accompanied by retro-looking illustrations, the story relates the plight of the village of Hamelin overrun by rats. The mayor of Hamelin promises a reward to anyone who can rid the town of the rats. No one succeeds until a stranger with a silver pipe arrives in town and makes a deal with the mayor to get rid of the rats. The stranger, or pied piper if you will, plays a tune and all the rats follow him to the river and swim away. When the piper tries to collect from the mayor, the mayor simply says, "thanks" is enough and the town's people agree. The piper, in retaliation, begins to play his pipe and all the children of the village begin to follow him, like rats. He continues playing and marches all of the children out of town never to be seen again. The town's people are saddened but are still too stingy to pay the piper. The story ends here and as with most fairy tales, boasts a moral of sorts about keeping one's word with the usual scary warning to children. A follow-up group of questions for discussion, a glossary, and some "fun" facts about rats are included. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
Roberto Piumini lives and works in his native Italy. He has worked with children as both a teacher and a theater actor/entertainer. He credits these experiences for inspiring the youthful language of his many books. With his crisp and imaginative way of dealing with every kind of subject, he charms his young readers. His award-winning books, for both children and adults, have been translated into many languages.
Mirella Mariani was born in 1978 in the city of Giussano in Milan, Italy. She attended art school in Milan and earned a degree in illustration. Her work has been featured in international exhibits. She specializes in children’s books, magazines, and comics. To see more of her work, visit www.mirellamariani.com.