Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Bremen Town Musicians by Brian Wildsmith

I have to admit this is one of my favorite Grimm fairytales.  This story could have been morbid, but the Grimm Brothers actually gave them a happy ending.  I was looking forward to reading this rendition of the story.

Star Bright Books and Net Galley let me download an ebook of this story for review (thank you).  It's been published in softcover, so check with your local bookstore for a copy now.

These poor animals have all been judged too old and not worth much anymore.  The donkey leaves to seek a new life and meets the others on the way. The illustrations in this story show you how worn the animals are.  Their hair is thin, they look bedraggled and they move along slowly.

Their goal is to sing in town.  When they stop for the night, they see a cabin in the woods.  As they look through the window, they see robbers and all kinds of food on the table.  They're hungry, so they decide to sing to the robbers.

My favorite part of this story is when the one robber describes who attacked him in the house.  It makes me laugh.

If you have a young one that has missed this tale, here's an opportunity share it with them.  I bet they laugh, too.

Happy reading.


Shan said...

Never too early to introduce your child to Fairy Tales!!
Are many kids books available for e-readers? Can't imagine not having a book for little ones to hold and enjoy!

Journey of a Bookseller said...

Quite a few are ebooks. They aren't as much fun to read that way. It takes a more expensive ereader to get color and most of the time the graphics don't convert well. I read them on my computer.

But if I was buying for a child, I'd buy the book. Those can be read over and over again and they hold them and sound words out.

But I admit I'm old fashioned...