Education Behind "The Pied Piper"
First published in 1808, "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" has been teaching children the importance of keeping their promises. Although it was done in an unconventional way, the story teaches children that if they say they are going to do something, no matter of big or small, they need to follow through or there will be consequences. The Hofstra Special Collections Library contains the 1927 copy of the story in which the Pied Piper after being asked to get rid of a rat problem leads the children of the town away after townspeople refuse to pay him. The story is quite strange but the strangeness is what keeps children interested.
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