FOLKTALES AND NURSERY RHYMES
Baas, Thomas, Illustrator

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

(2) K-3 Adapted by Marine Tasso. Translated by Noelia Hobeika. This version of the traditional cautionary tale is set at Christmas (thus occasioning the book's red-and-green color scheme) and in 1283. The book uses its tall, narrow format effectively to convey the creepy atmosphere, most dramatically in a double-page spread of the rats converging on--and devouring--a boxful of poison that is no match for the creatures, who "savored the poison as if it were candy."

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