Paying Piper (or “What Happened in Hamelin Town”)

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
The people of Hamelin have a rat problem, so the mayor thinks of a way to solve it. He offers twenty golds to a piper to rid the town of rodents. He delivers only five. Think you know everything about this folktale? Here, you’ll learn what really happened when a magical musician came to Hamelin. Fans of witty fairy tales will love this middle-grade short story (about 5,000 words, or twenty pages). More
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About Ilana Waters

Here’s the skinny: I once pet-sat an electric eel and crashed my car into a house, though not on the same day. Before I became a writer, I was reprimanded and/or fired for reading in every job I ever held.

I consider this my greatest accomplishment to date.

Oh, and I write mostly fantasy for adults, young adults, and middle graders. :-)

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Review by: Georgia Beckman on June 04, 2013 :
This was an enjoyable read. I read it first before sharing with my grandchildren. I only gave it 3 stars because there are some words that are outside of their realm of understanding.
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Review by: nrlymrtl on Feb. 13, 2013 :
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 originated due to a plague outbreak that took the town’s children), Ilana Waters twists the tale in a unique way. Instead of reflecting the sadness of mass graves (which were often the results of the plague in 1500s Germany), the author shows how people can slip into every day unkindness, and pass those traits on to their children if they are not careful.
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Review by: Victoria Zigler on Jan. 22, 2013 :
An excellent and well written take on the classic story. A very enjoyable read!
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