The people of Hamelin have a problem with rats. There are rats in their houses, their stores—even swimming in their stew! The rats don’t think they’re a problem. They just want to live their lives in peace. With the town’s approval, the mayor thinks of a clever way to solve the problem. He offers... show more
The people of Hamelin have a problem with rats. There are rats in their houses, their stores—even swimming in their stew! The rats don’t think they’re a problem. They just want to live their lives in peace. With the town’s approval, the mayor thinks of a clever way to solve the problem. He offers twenty gold pieces to a piper to rid the town of rats. He delivers only five.But he’s cheated the wrong piper, who’ll have to use both skill and wit to teach this town a lesson. Because there’s more than money at stake. An evil pattern is emerging in the way Hamelin treats any creature it considers inferior. And the Piper vows to put an end to it—once and for all.Think you know everything about this classic folktale of greed and cunning? In “Paying Piper,” you’ll learn what really happened the day a magical musician came to Hamelin—and why. Fans of fairy tales with a twist will delight in this tricky, witty middle-grade short story. (And if you’re a parent or teacher, stay tuned for bonus discussion questions at the end!)“Paying Piper” is approximately 5,000 words, or about twenty pages.“Stories that keep you guessing and beckon you to turn the page are my favorites. ‘Paying Piper’ fits this category.” –MomontheMake.com“I loved ‘Paying Piper.’ The quirky, conversational tone reminded me of Roald Dahl. The story has the kind of playful humor and subtler wit that make it a lot more than just another children's story.” -- PeskyPiksiPesterNomi.blogspot.com“Children’s stories are a fantastic tool for teaching, and ‘Paying Piper’ is no exception. Waters’ take on a folklore classic appears to be a solid story for parents to share with their kids.” --TheIndieMine.com“This was such a wonderful story. I could picture it playing out in my head. It was very well written, and had a great lesson too.” --AngiesAngelsRKids-Furkids.blogspot.com“This was a charming retelling of a classic. Waters twists the tale in a unique way.” --DabofDarkess.com
Publish date: January 7th 2013
Publisher: Ilana Waters; 1 edition
Pages no: 20
Edition language: English
Rather inventive and humorous retelling of the Pied Piper story. Some of the changes are a tad bit over the top, but the reading questions at the end actually address these issues, which makes the book ideal for a learning environment. Entertaining at the very least
"Paying Piper" is a short children's story of The Pied Piper. It's a short read, and one that would be good for a bedtime story--perhaps over 2 or 3 nights. The story varies from other versions, and I really enjoyed this one, as it dealt more with the towns people and made for a great ending. The wr...
This was a charming retelling of a classic, and provided a lesson not just for children but for everyone – essentially we should all be kind to one another. And look at that cover. How could you not enjoy a book with that cover?But instead of being the typical sinister tale (which supposedly origina...