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Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf: With a Fully-Orchestrated and Narrated CD Hardcover – September 14, 2004

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 0780 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; HAR/COM edition (September 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375824308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375824302
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.
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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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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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So the wolf gets to go back to the forest? How did i miss that?? And the duck gets out of the wolf's belly? Noooooo! Kids can handle the classic telling-- they are sensitive souls, but they understand life better than the rest of us. They can handle the truth. The Grandfather warns Peter of life's hard realities. We would all do well to appreciate that our elders hold great knowledge and should be listened to, even if they are cranks. This modern retelling is kind of a downer. Otherwise, the illustrations are nice.
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This version of Peter and the Wolf is clearly an audio story with some musical background. The music takes a clear background to the story telling. This works fairly well on 3 year olds, but it will get old quite fast. Certainly for any adult listening to the music, probably also for the child.
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The book is beautiful and what we can hear of the CD is, as well; unfortunately the process used to afix the CD to the book's inside cover leaves gobs of glue on the CD, rendering it unplayable. We have had the product replaced twice, and both times experienced the same problem. A great disappointment!
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My family, which includes children ages 2,5,and 7, has thoroughly enjoyed this production of Peter and the Wolf. The music is wonderful and the narration very nice. It is a nice quiet recording that we will listen to over and over again.
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