The Pied Piper of Hamelin - Story Summary
The Town of Hamelin has a rat problem! The mayor hires a mysterious Pied Piper to get rid of them and the town watches as the rats follow him to their death. When the mayor refuses to pay the Piper, the Piper pipes for the children, leading them all away. The children find themselves in a distant land far from home, and the mayor finally learns that you should always keep your promises.
About Robert Browning
Robert Browning (1812-1889) wrote poetry as a child and collected it into a book by the time he was 12 years old. However, that book was soon destroyed by Robert himself when no one would publish it. He continued to pursue poetry and learned French, Greek, Latin, and Italian to aid in his love for literature and verse. He became well known in London as a poet and later married Elizabeth Barrett, who was a poet herself. The story of The Pied Piper is believed by some to be based on a historical incident that happened in 14th century Hamelin Germany when the children of the town were lost by a plague or by the migration out of town due to overpopulation.
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