The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Written by Michael Morpurgo
Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark
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Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo is an excellent storyteller and here he is at his best. Seen through the eyes of two children, he captures the greed of the wealthy, the abject poverty of the poor and the terrible grief of all when the Pied Piper leads away the children. Retold in a simple and compelling style this is a lovely book to read aloud or alone. Emma Chichester Clark’s beautiful illustrations add delicate details to the text bringing it alive for all ages.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Michael Morpurgo
This is a spell-binding modern retelling of a classic children's tale, a compelling new take on this timeless story by master storyteller and former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark. In the town of Hamelin, the rich and greedy live like kings and queens while the poor and sick scavenge rubbish tips for scraps. A lame orphan boy tells the classic tale of how a plague of rats take over the town and how a fantastic piper offers to rid Hamelin of its rats for a single gold coin, then lures away the town's children when the greedy mayor breaks his word.
Michael Morpurgo’s retelling of the classic Browning poem couldn’t come at a more appropriate time in the aftermath of the riots by young people in London and other UK cities in August 2011. Michael Morpurgo says, “We are failing our young people who feel they are living without hope, without jobs and or a sense of a future.” Michael has skillfully woven contemporary social and environmental themes into his story.
'Morpurgo is such a gifted storyteller that he manages to deliver the underlying darkness of this old fable with contemporary relevance.. A book to pass through the generations.' Daily Mail
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