Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf


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The classic orchestral fairy tale of a brave boy who captures a wolf comes to brilliant new life. Maria Carlson’s translation and Charles Mikolaycak’s soft, inviting illustrations make for a fine update of Sergei Prokofiev’s beloved story. Paired with the original orchestral composition or read by itself, this book makes a wonderful addition to any family’s story time.

Received a Society of Illustrators notation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780571180042
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 11/28/1979
Series: Knopf Book & Cassette Classics Ser.
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)
Age Range: 6 - 7 Years

About the Author

Sergei Prokofiev was a Russian and Soviet composer, pianist, and conductor. Creator of masterpieces across numerous musical genres, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His works include the March from The Love for Three Oranges, the suite Lieutenant Kijé, the ballet Romeo and Juliet – from which "Dance of the Knights" is taken – and Peter and the Wolf. He created seven completed operas, seven symphonies, eight ballets, five piano concertos, two violin concertos, a cello concerto, a Symphony-Concerto for cello and orchestra, and nine completed piano sonatas.

Charles Mikolaycak was best known for his Children's book illustrations. His book I Am Joseph was an ALA Notable Book, Peter and the Wolf received a Society of Illustrators notation, and Babushka was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.

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Peter and the Wolf 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The description of this edition of 'Peter and the Wolf' on the Barnes & Noble website especially appealed to me on account of the reference to an introductory illustration showing each of the characters with his corresponding (musical) instrument, a feature I was especially intent on finding for my purpose of educating my young grandchildren. Having now received the book I ordered, however, I am disappointed that there was no introductory illustration nor images of any of the musical instruments that are a key feature of this enchanting story, though the illustrations are otherwise very pleasing.
blurryb More than 1 year ago
Raschka does it again, with his undeniably beautiful illustrations, clever dialogue, and unique interpretation of Sergei Prokofiev's classic story set to music. Children and grown-ups alike will find this book a must-have for the classroom, an accompaniment to the music of Prokofiev's "Peter and the "Wolf", and will enjoy the book for it's originality and playful approach to learning about orchestral instruments, mood, and characters. The setting is like a cut-out stage, allowing children to both connect to the themes of story-telling through theatre and orchestration, and embrace the story on their own level. Raschka is known for his delightful books, introducing children to the great musical artists of our time in an innovative way-this is no exception!
johnlobe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf is reworked visually and narratively by Chris Raschka. The book makes a good read-aloud with many parts, fun repetition and interesting word sequences. Children will especially enjoy the 3-dimensional miniatures that Raschka created.
lakertraw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about Peter, a little boy who tries to save a duck, cat, and bird from a dangerous wolf. The illustrations were nice, not very bright. I did not quite enjoy this fairy tale as much as others I have read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a classic story. It would have been nice if the illustrations were more child friendly.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is a must for any parent who reads to their child. It is a great way to introduce classical music and the instruments of the orchestra to children. I read this to my two year old son every night and he is not afraid of the big bad wolf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We loved this wondeful version of Peter and the Wolf! The reviewer who gave it only one star must not have flipped the tape over because it sure played for more than 10 minutes. Peter and the 'ferocious' Wolf . . . we enjoyed it tremendously!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We love this story and have 3 different Peter and the Wolf books. My daughter who is 3-1/2 loves this one the best.