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THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS by Lisbeth Zwerger

THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS

By Lisbeth Zwerger (Adaptor) , Lisbeth Zwerger (Illustrator) , Anthea Bell (Translator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-698-40042-9
Publisher: Minedition/Penguin

Zwerger’s illustrations for this favorite Grimm Brothers’ tale make new the story of the geriatric animal quartet setting out for Bremen to join the town band. An aging donkey, less able to carry sacks to the mill, flees, and on the way meets three others who find themselves in a similar predicament, unable to live up to their respective masters’ expectations. As readers meet each animal, its portrait effectively elicits sympathy for the rejected souls. Their mournful eyes make contact with the reader, and miniature scenes float above the portraits, illustrating their predicaments. The one black, double-paged, night scene hilariously portrays the robbers before being rousted from their house by the band of four. Endpapers include the four in playful poses and stacked in multiple totem forms. Bell’s direct text and Zwerger’s expressive, luscious-colored portraits are sure to endear readers to the band and offer a simply told and thoroughly appealing version for younger listeners. A happy ending for all. (Picture book/fairytale. 4-8)