Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Maestro Classics- Peter and the Wolf

Product: Maestro Classics- Peter and the Wolf
Vendor Contact Information:
Maestro Classics
div. of Simon & Simon, LLC
1099 22nd St., NW
Suites 602/603
Washington, DC 20037-1824
Phone- 1-888-540-2811
Age Appeal: all ages
Format: CD
Price: $16.98From the website “Maestro Classics is the ambassador of great music for both children and adults, helping them experience the art form in new and exciting ways. Through wondrous new recordings, innovative educational and performances, Maestro Classics guides the audiences as they expand their listening horizons...”

The Peter and the Wolf CD includes: an introduction by Yadu (narrator), the story of Peter and the Wolf with and without narration, background the composer Prokofiev, A Russian Peter (short song), details about the music, invitation to grandfather's party and Kalinka, a Russian folk song. There is also a small booklet with information on the conductor and the group who played, A Russian Peter and Kalinka. Children will also have fun with connect the dots, match the instruments and several other booklet activities. For a free sample of the music please go here.

Our Experience:
We were going on a short day trip, so I knew this was the perfect time to listen to the CD. B, C, my husband and I enjoyed listening to all of the music and information about Sergei Prokofiev and the song itself. We also enjoyed the addition of the Russian folk music. When we had some time at home the kids and I had a fun time learning about the different Russian instruments, crossword puzzle and other activities.

What I Liked:

  • The 24-page educational book activities provided reinforcement for which instrument represented each character.

  • The Russian folk music played by Trio Voronezh led me to learn more about the group.

  • I enjoyed learning more about the composers, so I was grateful for the informational section on Prokofiev.

What I Disliked:

  • Nothing!

What B (boy, age seven, officially first grade) Liked and Disliked: I liked Peter and the Wolf, because it had music and words. I didn't like it that the wolf ate the duck. On the CD I was able to listen to a short biography of Prokofiev. I like learning about composers. I would recommend it a lot for kids my age, because it has music and words!

What C (girl, age five, working on Kindergarten) Liked and Disliked: Peter and the Wolf was scary, because of the wolf. The crossword puzzle was fun. I enjoyed learning more about the composer and instruments. I recommend this for kids my age.

Other Products Available: Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, Casey at the Bat, Juanita the Spanish Lobster, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Tortoise & the Hare, The Story of Swan Lake

I would recommend Maestro Classics' Peter and the Wolf. For more reviews on Peter and the Wolf by Maestro Classics go to The Homeschool Crew review page.

Disclaimer: I received this product for free for review purposes through The Homeschool Crew. All links were current when posted.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Rani,

    Thanks for the wonderful review of our Peter and the Wolf CD this winter. I just wanted to let you know that since you reviewed our CD we've made a Facebook page so that our fans can participate in monthly giveaways (June was Peter and the Wolf, as a matter of fact) and get coupons. We'd love to invite you and your readers to join our page and thanks again for the lovely review!

    Social Media Coordinator
    Maestro Classics