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    Pied Piper: questions and themes that arise in the different books

    The Pied Piper is a very bizarre story. I remember the first time I heard the summary – that a piper was promised money to lure rats out of town and when not paid he lured away the villagers’ children – I wanted to hear the rest of the story. That’s all, I was told, but it didn’t make sense. There has to be more. So now I’ve been reading all the Pied Piper stories I can find and I’m thrilled with the variety of ways in which the stories are interpreted. Different books deal with the challenges in the story different ways. Links in this page are affiliate links…

  • A paper dragon made by curving strips of paper and stapling them together.
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    Farmer Giles of Ham and a cardpaper dragon craft

    We’ve been reading fairy tales here the last week or two. First we read a number of Grimm Fairy tales and then some modern rewrites of fairy tales by Gail Carson Levine and we watched the movie Tangled. Then totally by accident I found Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R. Tolkien in the library. It fit beautifully into our fairy-tale theme, holding much in common with the Grimm tale of the Valiant Little Tailor. Both are tales of a not-particularly brave or talented person finding themselves as local heroes who must go on to live up to their reputation. The story is a fun one though the language was a bit…