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The Bremen Town Musicians, the Brothers Grimm ; illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger ; translated by Anthea Bell

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The Bremen Town Musicians
Title
The Bremen Town Musicians
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the Brothers Grimm ; illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger ; translated by Anthea Bell
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  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
While on their way to Bremen, four aging animals who are no longer of any use to their masters find a new home after outwitting a gang of robbers
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  • K-Gr 2— A competent translation and soft, minimalist paintings recount this oft-told tale. Many of the framed text pages carry a small portrait of a figure featured in the larger facing scene. This story is built around dialogue among a donkey, cat, dog, and rooster and rises to a bit of action in the two scaring-the-robbers scenes. The illustrations keep the speakers in the foreground with almost no details in the colored backgrounds except for very small, wispy overhead vignettes echoing story elements. These small, almost indistinct figures are vague and dreamy, and the soft forms and gentle tone of the pictures never build the humor usually associated with the plucky "musicians" and the villains. It's a pleasant introduction to the story, but the renditions by Hans Wilhelm (Scholastic, 1992), Janet Stevens (Holiday House, 1992), Ilse Plume (Yearling, 1998), and Paul Galdone (McGraw-Hill, 1968; o.p.) are stronger.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston --Margaret Bush (Reviewed February 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 2, p105)
  • The inimitable Zwerger ('Twas the Night Before Christmas ) and experienced translator Bell transform what in other hands has come off as a silly story into a captivating tale about the unwitting triumph of four aged animals who join together to create a band, foil a gang of robbers, and end up finding themselves a home. Zwerger's illustrations convey both poignancy and sly humor. A full-page, skillful portrait introduces each animal character, while at the top, spot art depicts their plights. The weariness of each elderly creature is plaintive, and Zwerger makes clear visually how the robbers might mistake the animals sitting atop each other for a monster. However, at the most dramatic moment of the story, when one of the robbers returns to the house to confront the sleepy animals inside, Zwerger leaves the details to readers' imaginations, using only shadowy gray figures to portray the literal action that occurs. Unlike Ilse Plume's sunny interpretation, this new version of the Grimm story focuses on how the four old creatures, despite their Quixote-like quest to become musicians, end up finding contentment anyway. Bell's translation adheres closely and gracefully to the original, and the theme of what might happen to those who outlive their usefulness ends on an enchanting, happy note. Ages 4-up. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed February 5, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 6, p58)
  • 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) (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
161627
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/collectionName
  • Bremer Stadtmusikanten
  • Bremen town musicians
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Zwerger, Lisbeth
Dewey number
[398.2]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
Reading level
4.3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1785-1863
  • 1786-1859
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Grimm, Jacob
  • Grimm, Wilhelm
  • Zwerger, Lisbeth
  • Bell, Anthea
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True
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Accelerated Reader
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  • Animals
  • Folklore
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The Bremen Town Musicians, the Brothers Grimm ; illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger ; translated by Anthea Bell
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780698400429
Lccn
2007061167
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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Other physical details
color illustrations
Label
The Bremen Town Musicians, the Brothers Grimm ; illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger ; translated by Anthea Bell
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780698400429
Lccn
2007061167
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations

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