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*****= An all-time favorite
***The Bremen Town Musicians
And Other Animal Tales from Grimm
retold by Doris Orgel
illustrated by Bert Kitchen
Reviewed May 12, 2005.
A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, Brookfield, Connecticut, 2004. 48 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J 398.209 ORG).
Here’s a selection of six animal tales from the Brothers Grimm collection. Doris Orgel heard the stories in German as a child, and lovingly retells them here to share with English-speaking children. I think that every American living in Germany should make themselves familiar with these tales.
My own sister was living in Bremen for awhile, so I have a special fondness for the title story. I got my son a black t-shirt with four pairs of eyes on top of one another that says they are the Bremen Town Musicians in the dark. I was appalled when a friend didn’t know what that referred to.
Doris Orgel faithfully presents that story as well as some less well-known ones for children to enjoy, keeping the flavor of the original stories. I do own a complete collection of the tales, so I know they are out there, but this picture book format is much nicer for sharing with a child.
Copyright © 2005 Sondra Eklund. All