The Bremen-Town Musicians

The Bremen-Town Musicians

by Ilse Plume

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Once there lived a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster who had grown too old to be useful to their masters. Because their masters want to get rid of them, they run away. They meet on the road and decide to go to Bremen-Town to be street musicians.

Soon, they discover a cozy cabin occupied by robbers. The four friends have an idea and manage to scare the robbers away by making the loudest music they can. Now they can settle into a new home.

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ISBN-13: 9780385151610
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/1980
Pages: 32

About the Author

ILSE PLUME is the internationally renowned children’s book author and illustrator of The Bremen Town Musicians (a Caldecott Honor Book), The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons, St. Francis and the Wolf, and more. Ilse has an MFA from Drake University and she studied printmaking at the Santa Reparata Studio in Florence, Italy. She teaches at the School for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Find out more about her work at

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The Bremen-Town Musicians 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ekstewar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: The story of a donkey, cat, dog and rooster whose owners no longer see value in them take off to Brementown to be musicians. Genre: FolktalePersonal Reflection: I remember reading another version of this folktale when I was young and really like the story. Concept: There is so much good here! This story teaches kids that you can do whatever you set your mind to, that even if a door closes-a window opens, that you can do unexpected and wonderful things even if no one else sees it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book really cute. It has a twist in the ending which I found funny. It's about a group of animals who are heading to Bremen Town to become musicians. It starts with a donkey who was 'Fearing the worst' because he couldn't help the farmer anymore. On the way he met a rooster, dog, and cat who joined him on his journey. 'The friends walked on and on, but Bremen-Town was still a long way off'. When they stop and rest for the night is when the twist comes in. When I first began reading the story, it reminded me of the 'Wizard of Oz'. Plume, Ilse. The Bremen-Town Musicians. Bantam Doubleday Dell Books, 1980.