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The Bremen Town Musicians (Lisbeth Zwerger)…

The Bremen Town Musicians (Lisbeth Zwerger)

by Lisbeth Zwerger, Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm

Other authors: Anthea Bell (Translator)

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Lindsey Johnson

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Book Summary: The donkey hears that his master is not going to feed him anymore because he is old so he decides to go to Bremen-town to be a musician. On the way he meets a dog, a cat, and a rooster who are all facing the same fate. They all decided to go to Bremen-town and become musicians. On the way they come across some robbers eating in a house. They scare them away and eat their food.

Personal Reaction: This is a very cute book. The children will enjoy reading about the animal’s adventures.

Extension Activities:
1. What might the animals do next after they have scared off the robbers?
2. Write an alternate ending.
  LindseyJohnson | Feb 8, 2015 |
This was one of my favorite stories from my childhood. The illustrations are both colorful and humorous. I think this would be a good read aloud for a folktale theme.
  charlottestudent | Jun 7, 2014 |
The Bremen Town Musicians by the Brothers Grimm is a very popular fairy tale in Austria and Germany. The English version (translated by Lisbeth Zwerger) is nice but it doesn't come across the unique story of these 4 animals who want to walk to Bremen in order to become musicians there. In German this is one of the best fairy tales I have ever encountered but this version is not very recommendable.
But probably the story of the Bremen Town Musicians takes place so far away from America that it is not possible to bring across the flair of the city of Bremen in which the story takes place. ( )
  sabrina89 | Apr 19, 2013 |
The old animals - dog, cat, rooster and donkey head off to Bremen to be musicians and get away from their masters who don't need them anymore. They form a sort of alliance and when they stumble upon a house full of robbers, they use their crazy antics and a little luck to scare those robbers right out of there! I don't think they ever make it to Bremen, but they retire in a warm place with a lot of food!
  annashapiro | Nov 15, 2009 |
Another great Brother's Grimm story... This one is about a group of old animals trying to make it to Bremen Town to become musicians! Fun illustrations and a very creative story.
  BrennaSheridan | Jun 9, 2009 |
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Zwerger, Lisbethprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grimm, Jacobmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Grimm, Wilhelmmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Es hatte ein Mann einen Esel, der schon lange Jahre die Säcke unverdrossen zur Mühle getragen hatte, dessen Kräfte aber nun zu Ende gingen, so dass er zur Arbeit immer untauglicher wurde.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0698400429, Hardcover)

This is the classic tale of four beleaguered animals—a donkey who can no longer work, a hound who can no longer hunt, a cat who’s too old to chase mice, and a rooster who’s scheduled to become dinner—who decide to run off to be musicians in the town of Bremen. But they get more than they bargained for when they stumble upon a frightful gang of robbers. Maybe they can find a clever way to turn their dreadful singing to their advantage in this wittily illustrated book that’s sure to appeal to Ms. Zwerger’s many fans.

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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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