Stock Image

The Irish Piper

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

6 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 068419130X / ISBN 13: 9780684191300
Published by New York, NY, U.S.A.: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1991, 1991
From The Warm Springs Book Company (Fremont, CA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since 20 February 2000

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: 19.75 Convert Currency
Shipping: 3.03 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

About this Item

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

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

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....

About this title


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.

From School Library Journal:

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.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Welcome to The Warm Springs Book Company -Booksellers since 1987! ******** We are an internet bookstore featuring new, used, and collectible books. ******** We accurately describe our books and are prompt in processing and shipping all orders. ******** Books with dust jackets are protected with clear plastic covers. All books are securely packed to protect them during shipment. ********* To ensure that our books will meet your expectations, please e-mail or telephone us if you have any questions regarding the contents or condition of any of our books.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Books are shipped promptly on receipt of payment.
Books shipped to California addresses may be subject to Sales Tax. ********
Books may be returned within 10 (ten) days of receipt if not as described,
and must be returned in the same condition as originally shipped. Prior
notice, by email, is requested before returning a book. ********
All photographs shown with our book listings are supplied by the
publisher and posted by They may not always show the actual cover
illustration of t...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Individual items are shipped by media mail for $3.95. Additional items are $2.00 each.
Priority Mail (if requested) is $6.00 for a Flat Rate Envelope or $14.95 for a medium
flat rate box. Heavier books, sets, or items too large for priority flat rate
shipping are sent at cost. Please contact us regarding costs. All domestic orders over $20.00 are sent with delivery confirmation. Insurance is recommended on collectible or rare items.

We ship by Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope whenever possible (if the books fit in the envelope without incurring damage during transit) at $24.95 for most countries except for Canada and Mexico which ship at $21.95 for a flat rate envelope.
Oversized books, book sets, and heavier books that do not fit into a flat rate envelope will require additional postage. Costs for shipping by regular (non flat rate envelope) priority mail or express mail are determined on a order-by-order basis depending on the weight of the book(s) and the destination country.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express