Though I've read plenty of Grimm's Fairy Tales, this was the first I had heard of The Bremen Town Musicians. I liked that the "musicians" of the title were animals, each having been cast off or slated for death by their owners and reinventing themselves on a journey to Bremen for musical fame. I think there's a hardy lesson of utility to be learned here. Where as the humans in the story think nothing of the old animals, to each other, they have talents and usefulness aplenty.
I also love the moral about teamwork and cooperation. Each animal plays a part in scaring off the robbers by playing their own role and doing what each one does best. The rooster does not try to be the cat. The donkey does not try to take the dog's place. There is a theme that each is exactly where they belong, and that is why, as a team, they succeed. It's a model that works in a fairy tale but is equally potent in business, friendships, family, and multiple other aspects of everyday life.
What are your thoughts on The Bremen Town Musicians? Which theme resonates more with you - seeing usefulness in those abandoned by others or each individual using unique talents for the best of a team? Or perhaps there's another moral or theme that I haven't mentioned? Leave a comment here or check out Tif's blog and join in Fairy Tale Fridays (FTF) for yourself. Next week's tale is The Invisible One and The Rough-Faced Girl (A Native American Tale)!