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The Irish Piper

Latimer, Jim; O'Brien, John (illustrator)

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ISBN 10: 068419130X / ISBN 13: 9780684191300
Published by New York, NY, U.S.A.: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1991, 1991
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Hardback, Fine Minus to Near in a Near Fine DJ, inscribed and signed by author on half title page, 1st edition; pencil writing erasure trace to pages 5 and 6, light wear to mylar protected DJ and DJ edges, a nicely illustrated retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamelin story with an Irish piper from County Clare this time as the rat catcher, 4to., unpaginated., 0.0 0.0 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 14016

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Title: The Irish Piper

Publisher: New York, NY, U.S.A.: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1991

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition....

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In this version of the traditional tale, the Pied Piper plays upon Irish pipes and travels from County Clare in Ireland to the village of Hamelin to rid it of its rats. An author's note discusses the Piper's music and provides examples of what he may have played.

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Grade 3-4-- Another incarnation of the medieval legend. Departing from Browning's literary tradition, Latimer's piper is Irish and plays bagpipes, flute, and tin whistles. His broad repertoire includes tunes that can make his listeners feel sad or strong, or even make them believe they can fly. The "cheese-and-bacon" and "balloon-and-butterfly" music he plays comes in handy for charming Hamelin's rats and for luring away the children of the town. O'Brien's illustrations combine soft watercolors and pen-and-ink crosshatching and shading to produce a pleasing antique look. Muted backgrounds and bright focal points suit the spirit of the setting. The piper is portrayed as a benign young man with little of the aura of mystery that has surrounded his predecessors. The sometimes lengthy blocks of type overshadow the illustrations and make this version a less likely read-aloud choice. Barbara Bartos-Hoppner's retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin (HarperCollins, 1987) is a stronger entry in this category. Latimer has a chatty style that, at best, establishes a bond with readers and, at worst, rambles like storytellers whose embellishments have taken over theirstory. He has also inserted some distracting anachronisms into his essentially traditional telling. Gum-chewing rats respond to the piper's overtures with a trendy, "No way," and later declare, "We're out of here," as he pipes them out of town. An enlightening note traces the origin and development of the legend and explains the author's intriguing speculation about the piper's County Clare background. --Carey Ayres, Port Washington Public Library, NY
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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