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Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf: With a Fully-Orchestrated and Narrated CD [Hardcover]

Sergei Prokofiev , Janet Schulman , Peter Malone
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Book Description

Sept. 14 2004
THERE IS NO better way to introduce children to classical music than with Prokofiev’s musical fairy tale of the little boy (played by all the strings of the orchestra) who, with the help of a bird (played by the flute), outsmarted the big, bad wolf (played by the French horns). And now with this book and CD package, children can look and listen all at the same time. A new retelling by Janet Schulman follows the basic story, but with a kinder ending for both the big bad wolf and the argumentative duck. Peter Malone’s paintings have the luminous quality of old Russian masters. The CD, with music performed by the Cincinnati Pops and word-for-word narration by Peter A. Thomas, was made exclusively for this book and CD package.

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PreSchool-Grade 3–This musical fantasy about a disobedient boy who leaves the safety of the garden for the unknown world of the meadow, cleverly conquering the danger he encounters, has been a childhood favorite since 1936. An opening page introduces the characters, naming and depicting the instrument associated with each one. Prokofiev purists, however, will have issues with this retelling. The text is much longer, much of it hammering home the obvious (that the wolf is dangerous) or providing unnecessary background (the content of grandfather's dream). This extraneous verbiage leaves less room for the music to spin the story. It is the ending, though, that will prove most troubling to longtime fans. This wolf is a pathetic captive, begging to go home, feeling guilty about his deed; the hunters are nervous Nellies; grandfather has changed his tune from paternal skepticism to pride; and… yes, the duck is coughed out as the wolf is returned to the forest. The impact of the drama is considerably lessened. Malone's illustrations are well matched to the story, evoking a somewhat surreal and sometimes humorous world with a Russian flavor. A serviceable CD, recorded by the Cincinnati Pops and narrated by Peter Thomas, is included. Erna Voigt's faithful rendition (Godine, 1979; o.p.) set a standard for this story that is hard to beat.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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PreS-Gr. 4. A CD featuring the Cincinnati Pops' rendition of Prokofiev's music and narration by Peter Thomas accompanies this new version of Peter's story, which Malone handsomely illustrates in soft-edged paintings. Feathery brush strokes and golden hues lend a comforting, nostalgic feel to the story, while bold close-up views of the agile, sharp-toothed wolf will thrill children. Libraries may already have other versions on the shelf (books by Loriot [1986] and Vladimir Vagin [2000] are particularly noteworthy), but Schulman's retelling and the accompanying recording make an appealing package. The expertly produced images and music will easily draw children into this classic, and its sly introduction to the sounds of the symphony.^B Gillian Engberg
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter and the Wolf is a delightful gift. Aug. 4 2014
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This is an excellent version of a favourite classic. I bought it for my grandson who can recognize and name all of the instruments. He loves to look closely at the book's beautiful illustrations as the CD plays. This is a great gift for the little musician in any family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic April 26 2014
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The illustrations match the 'classic' nature of this piece of music/story. Much detail to look at while listening to the orchestra performing .
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Sept. 29 2005
By Jinian Star - Published on
The "kinder, gentler" ending removes the dangerous aspect of the wolf. The wolf is intended to represent the evil in the world beyond the garden gate and Peter vanquishes it by being smarter and more agile. Both the threat and the victory are diminished when the wolf simply promises to do better in the future. Yuck.

Politically correct tripe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for both parents & children Sept. 22 2004
By Diana L. Sacrey - Published on
A beautifully written & illustrated book with one of the best-loved classical music pieces ever composed.

I thought my son, at just 3 yrs old, would be a little too young to enjoy this yet. I got it for him anyway when I saw it, because I loved it myself as a child.

Never underestimate children or the power of music. My son wants to read/listen to Peter & the Wolf several times a day. He recognizes the French Horn as the wolf, the bassoon as the grandfather! It brings him such delight and provides a wonderful bonding time for us.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not what I hoped for Aug. 22 2006
By I love music - Published on
Although this book has beautiful music and wonderful pictures, the retelling of the origional story is not very good. Many important elements of the story are changed. The wolf is released back into the wild because he says he is sorry and will try to change. I prefer the origional story and was not expecting changes such as this.
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent illustrations and narration. My Kids love it! Oct. 13 2004
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Although I was mildly disapointed with the unnecessary kinder and gentler ending, the book and CD were an excellent choice for my 3 boys, ages 4,6, and 8. This is a good introduction to classical music. We read it alone as well as with the accompanying narrated CD. The illustrations are excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great easy teaching tool! Jan. 4 2007
By Sarah D. Burkart - Published on
This book was a great way for my young students to get aquainted with many instrumentes of the orchestra. They loved the story, and the music made it come alive!!
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