HHM Team Member Review…
When the opportunity came to review Peter and the Wolf by Maestro Classics, I jumped at the chance! I have fond memories sitting on the floor at my grandmom’s house and listening to Peter and the Wolf on the record player. I am excited to say that my kids now have the chance to listen to the beloved musical story.
The CD begins with the introduction to the story, as well as the introduction of musical instruments representing each of the characters. If you have never heard the story of Peter and the Wolf, it is the exciting tale of Peter and his animal friends who one day encounter a wolf in the woods and decide to capture it and take it to the zoo. I thought the narration of the story was well executed, and the mix of music and narration kept the attention of both my kids and myself. Did I mention that the music for the story is performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra? How awesome is that? I love that not only do the kids get to experience the story, but they also get the exposure of the beautiful music of the orchestra. An added benefit is that since the characters of the story are represented by different instruments, the kids will also begin to learn the distinction of sounds.
The CD also includes a few extras such as a 6 minute narration track about Prokofiev, the composer of Peter and the Wolf, a track about the music, and an instrumental version. The instrumental version would be a great thing to have playing as background music.
Each CD comes with a 24 page booklet that is full of information about the composer as well as fun activities/puzzles that go along with the story, and more. Be sure not to miss the great resources that they have available on their website as well. They even have a free section of homeschool music curriculum guides for some of the CDs! Let me mention here that I don’t mean a few questions related to the CD, they have actually essentially made well rounded unit studies for many of the cds!
Jules lives in southeast Virginia with her amazing husband and 2 awesome children. She is a Christian, and loves her camera, coffee, and her Macbook. She and her family can frequently be found at their favorite place, Williamsburg, Va. Jules can also be found blogging at Mommy Ramblings.