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The Bremen Town Musicians

Adapted story from the Brothers Grimm

By Lisbeth Zwerger

Published by Penguin, 2007

Fearing their deaths as spent animals, a number of animals band together to go to Bremen to be musicians and avoid deaths by their owners.  One night, they scare a group of robbers out of a house, keep them out, and take over the house.  Though they never make it to Bremen, the heinous sound of their “singing” is what earns them their new home.

Great for young children studying folk tales and fairy tales.

Horn Book Best Book

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy Tales with a Twist

By Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Published by Wordsong, 2013

This book of alternative history poetry is a collection of poems from the perspective of different characters in well-known fairy tales.  

I don’t find this book particularly original but I appreciate its premise.  This would be a good book to begin a poetry-writing unit for English or Language Arts teachers, and the teachers could encourage students to do what the authors of this book has done and write poetry from different perspectives or give a story an alternate ending.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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