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Peter and the Wolf
     

Peter and the Wolf

by Ian Beck, Sergey Prokofiev
 
This book and tape pack presents a retelling of Prokofiev's tale of a boy who ignores his grandfather's warning about wolves, and goes out alone in the meadow next to the forest. In the cassette, Prokofiev's music is complemented by a word-for-word narration of the text.

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This book and tape pack presents a retelling of Prokofiev's tale of a boy who ignores his grandfather's warning about wolves, and goes out alone in the meadow next to the forest. In the cassette, Prokofiev's music is complemented by a word-for-word narration of the text.

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
This is a sprightly rendering of a well-beloved tale. Ian Beck's Peter is charming, his wolf "wolfy," and the instruments that represent the characters in Prokofiev's masterpiece also sneak into this book when we're not looking. Children will be able to read this book and then immerse themselves in the music without a difficult transition.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Beck's sprightly retelling of Prokofiev's famous musical fairy tale is especially well suited to young children. He makes every word count in his simple yet elegant narrative. The text is set in clear attractive type, boxed in with a border that incorporates the instruments associated with the characters on the page. This device generally works well, but is not totally consistent. Some children (and adults) will need to flip to the last page where the instruments are identified. The illustrations are bright and nonthreatening, the scariest being a portrait of the wolf right after he swallows the duck, which some might find unnerving. The paintings are rendered in muted pale colors accented with deep, vivid reds, blues, and greens. Beck's style is more straightforward than the folk-art inspired illustrations of Josef Palecek (Picture Book Studio, 1991) and cheerier than the more somber oil paintings by Michele Lemieux (Morrow, 1991; o.p.). He places less emphasis on the introduction of the musical instruments, but that does not detract from the book's appeal. This one is sure to please, whether read one-on-one or to a group.-Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Susan Dove Lempke
Peter has been warned by his grandfather to keep out of the meadow, but "boys like "him" aren't afraid of wolves," and when a big gray wolf swallows a duck, brave Peter goes wolf-hunting, armed with a rope and his wits. Beck faithfully retells Prokofiev's tale, working in some sly humor in both text and illustrations. The cheery paintings show a Russian spring, with a jaunty young Peter and a wolf who is both scary and comical. The final page discusses the story's origins as an orchestra piece, showing the instruments played for each character, and Beck borders the text with the instrument for each animal being discussed, making it easy to follow the story through pictures while listening to the music.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689803369
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/19/1995
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.98(w) x 10.76(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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