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Sergei Prokofiev composed his Peter and the Wolf in 1936 with the hope of introducing children to the instruments of the orchestra. It happens that he also devised a wonderfully dramatic story. The characters - boy, bird, duck, cat, grandfather, wolf, hunters - and their doings have been beloved by young and old for decades. Writer, artist, musician, and Caldecott MedalisSergei Prokofiev composed his Peter and the Wolf in 1936 with the hope of introducing children to the instruments of the orchestra. It happens that he also devised a wonderfully dramatic story. The characters - boy, bird, duck, cat, grandfather, wolf, hunters - and their doings have been beloved by young and old for decades. Writer, artist, musician, and Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka has given the original story a new setting: a stage performance. Here you will relish language inspired music; enjoy mischief, suspense, and triumph in the theater; and delight in a surprise (and an additional character) Prokofiev's merry tale didn't provide. Please do not turn immediately to the last page....

Title : Peter and the Wolf
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ISBN : 9780689856525
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Peter and the Wolf Reviews

  • Edel Mc
    2018-09-15 14:10

    This is a story of a boy who goes out into the woods for a walk even though his grandfather told him not to. He meets many animals on his travels, a cat, bird, duck and a wolf. The book is very well illustrated which is good as visual aids for children to help them imagine the story. There is a good sequence of events which allows children to understand and follow story and useful to recap on the story.The story is engaging and captivating throughout as Peter is constantly meeting new characters. It uses natural language and has good fluency. This book can also be set to music which would be cross-curricular.

  • Kelly
    2018-09-14 14:11

    Raschka's rendition of Peter and the Wolf is cute. There is humor, and an obviousness to the story. "Here is the duck..." "This is what they do..."

  • Cassie
    2018-08-24 14:23

    Title: Peter and the WolfAuthor: Chris RaschkaGenre: European Folktale; PoetryTheme(s): Animals; Kindness; BraveryOpening line/sentence: Early one morning Peter opened the gate and went out on a big green meadow.Brief Book summary: When the wolf eats up the duck, Peter decides he needs to get involved and stand up to the wolf. He lassos the wolf and saves the day. The wolf then gets sent to live in a zoo.Professional Review 1: "The classic story is set in the great northern woods. Peter lives with his grandfather in a fortress to protect them from the dangers of the woods, specifically the wolf. One morning, Peter plays with the cat, the duck and the bird in the meadow outside the gate. As soon as Peter goes back inside, the wolf appears and goes after the duck. Peter sees it all from the window, and must go back outside and help his friends. They manage to tie up the wolf, just as the hunters come to shoot it. Peter suggests that they take him to the zoo, and that is what they do, via wheelbarrow." - Kristin Harris (Children's Literature)Professional Review 2:Without musical notation, how does one convey the thematic phrases and unique rhythms associated with each character created by Sergei Prokofiev in his classic introduction to the instruments of the orchestra? The ever-experimental, sound-sensitive Raschka employs color, shape, line, and idiosyncratic language to distinguish each cast member in his utterly beguiling production. Characters appear one after the other on sequential versos to offer opening monologues. Peter enters on a strip of chartreuse, his large, oval face topped by a Russian cap, his lyrical style inspired by e. e. cummings: "See I/Spin around and twirl around and jump around/In this perfect, most perfect/Place I've been." The bluebird twitters a jazzy scat on a path of cheerful yellow. The menacing wolf-all jagged lines and primal grunts against a field of red-gobbles the oblivious duck, as has been destined. Rectos feature a stage framed in brown columns and constructed from four sheets of painted paper that have been glued together; the resulting shadows produce a convincing depth. The action occurs as the watercolor figures, outlined with Raschka's signature thick strokes, interpret their roles. The three hunters enter in a martial bluster, but ultimately the entire crew proceeds to the zoo. Gentle readers and purists alike will appreciate Raschka's solution to the duck's fate; he allows readers to choose either Prokofiev's finale (so labeled) or his one-page epilogue in which a veterinarian performs "emergency surgery." Make room for this inventive, spirited interpretation. A bravura performance from a musical maestro." - Wendy Lukehart (School Library Journal)Response to Professional Reviews:I agree with Wendy Lukehart that the illustrations make this book. The illustrations are set to make certain things stand out. I think this is a strange adaption, with the wolf being sent to the zoo, but it makes it child-friendly. Evaluation of Literary Elements:I do not like the plot of this book. I think it babied-down the original story by having Peter easily capture the wolf easily and send him to the zoo. The rhyming poetry scheme is catchy, though. Consideration of Instructional Application:This book would be perfect for a music class because it is supposed to be paired with instruments. A music teacher could read this before asking children to try new instruments. Students could also hear the book with music and create their own performances.

  • Sarah Zablotney
    2018-08-28 13:18

    Title: Peter and the Wolf Author: Chris RaschkaGenre: European Folktale Theme(s): Death, Peace and War, PowerOpening line/sentence: “Here is Peter. Here is what he says: Look at meRun around and climb around and skip around In this lovely, large, lovely field of green." Brief Book Summary: This story has many different characters including; Peter, the bird, the duck, a cat, the grandfather, the wolf, the hunters, and the veterinarian. Peter and all the other characters have a role and once the wolf arrives trouble starts and he eats the duck. There is a happy ending; the veterinarian gets the duck out of the wolf’s stomach. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Raschka, Chris Peter and the Wolf 32 pp. Atheneum/Jackson (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing) 2008. ISBN 978-0-689-85652-5(3) K-3 Raschka retells Prokofiev's symphony, adding his own twist to the story's ending. As he has done with his other music-themed picture books, Raschka uses words to mimic the sounds of the music. He creates an alternative experience of the symphony through rhythmic verse and his distinctive swirling, dark-outlined illustrations. (The Horn Book Guide Online)Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Kirkus ReviewsLanguage chosen for its sound at least as much as for its meaning lends an improvisatory air to this rendition of Prokofiev's musical tale, and theatrical illustrations definitely kick things up an additional notch. Having introduced themselves, the bird and the duck fall into an argument�"And the bird answers back: D-ducky d-dacky d-docky d-deeky. / And the duck answers back: Waieo, waieo, waieo, waieo"�before the cat and the wolf enter, Peter lassos the wolf and the hunters ("We are the men, / We are the men, / We are the men who hunt�") arrive to carry the captive off in triumph. For the art, Raschka alternates stylized pictures of the characters drawn in thick crayon and daubs of color with photos of elaborately decorated, ingeniously designed stage sets constructed from layers of cut and painted paper. He does make changes to the original's cast and plot in order to make the happy ending more explicit, but he's far from the first to do that. Among the plethora of Peters, his stands out for its seamless, jazzy match of verbal and visual exuberance. (Picture book. 6-8)(CLCD)Response to Two Professional Reviews: There is an attraction to the pictures, they are colorful and draw the readers attention. Both of these reviews pointed out that this story was a rewrite to the original, this story now has a happy ending. The Kikus review took direct quotes from the story, which emphasized the points that they are making. Evaluation of Literary Elements: The setting of this story seemed to be on a stage, the illustrations on the pages mimicked a play with all the characters acting out their parts. There was a conflict in this story between with the wolf and the duck because he eats the duck. The rest of the characters either run and hide or try and help the duck. The veterinarian saves the duck by getting him out of his stomach by the end of the story. Consideration of Instructional Application: This would be a fun story to share with my class when discussing European folktales. I would have my students create their own scene in the story and have them change around the ending. They have the freedom to change the story as they please and then we would share with the class how we altered the story.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-08-20 14:18

    Title: Peter and the Wolf Author: Sergei Prokofiev Genre: European Folktale Opening line/sentence: One morning, a young boy named Peter opened his gate and walked out into the big green meadow that was beyond it.Brief Book Summary: Prokofiev wrote a story introducing children to music as a child's introduction to the orchestra with each character being represented by an instrument or group of instruments.Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Publishers Weekly Prokofiev's orchestral tale, also retold this season by Selena Hastings (Forecasts, Sept. 11), here has a simple text and provocative illustrations that seem perfectly directed to the temperament and perception of young readers. As Peter steps out of the garden gate, the bird is introduced to the story, then the duck, the cat, the grandfather and,finally, the wolf. Of course, it is Peter's fearless feat brings this tale to its heroic finale. Portraying the action are Palecek's primitive formsbold shapes, odd perspectives and boisterous colorswhich give this an upbeat appeal. Ages 4-8. Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.Professional Recommendation/Review Review European comics artist Miguelanxo Prado describes his two life passions as "listening to and inventing stores, as well as painting." In this adaptation of the classic folk tale by Sergei Prokofiev, Prado combines these passions into a glorious work of art. The soft, shadowy colors give this rendition of Peter and the Wolf the look of something from another time and place. The book begins with two full-page paintings. The first is Peter, the duck, the cat, and the bird staring into the dark woods; the point of view is from behind them, with the reader staring into the woods with them. Turn the page and you'll see the same scene from the opposite point of view, from within the woods, looking out at them. The depiction is powerfully stirring, and as Prado himself says in his introduction: "While folk tales are usually meant for children, they nonetheless possess a fascinating, evocative power for adults." Whether Peter and the Wolf is for you or your child, Prado's version is a great addition to your bookshelf. Response to Two Professional Reviews:Both reviews note this book’s creativity when relating the animals to musical instruments. They talk about how the book shows different points of view and how the depiction is powerful. The illustrations are perfectly directed towards the storyline and both reviews recommend this book be added to your bookshelf. Evaluation of Literary Elements:This book has been purposefully designed to be approachable for young readers, especially in terms of understanding different instruments and the orchestra. Consideration of Instructional Application:With the help of the illustrations and the music kids have an understanding of how all of the instruments in a orchestra work together to form a piece of music.

  • Esther
    2018-09-18 12:19

    Peter and the Wolf retold by Chirs RaschkaAtheneum Books for Young Readers, New York, NY, 2008.Interest Level: Grades 2-6 because the read along could interest developing readers but the cultural connection to the music could appeal to older readers.This book is an interpretation of Sergei Prokofiev's symphony and story of Peter and the Wolf. The story follows Peter, his grandfather, and various animals as they try to evade the wolf's grasp. The framed illustrations are miniature stage sets that are composed of four sheets of heavy paper that come together to make a 3-D illustration. The design of the text, illustrations, characters, and miniature stage sets is amazing in this short picture book. Each human character has a somewhat cubist dimension, since their profile and full-face can be seen, but each animal is only seen from one perspective. The flat characterization of the animals places them apart from Peter and his grandfather while also providing contrast in the 3-D stage sets. The various positioning and sizes of the text on the pages set the tone for each animal as well as the story. In addition, the stage and various "parts" of the story create a play-like tone with beginning end papers to state the participants. What is also interesting about the end papers is that at the end there are no end papers and the last page is used for an epilogue, which fully resolves the story and leaves the reader with positive impressions.I think that this book would make a great reader's theater selection for older students since each part is clearly marked and different. Also, studying this book with the music and discussing how it has been interpreted could be a great way to use the textual content. Overall, this book has a great design, text, and characterization that moves this timeless story to a new level of artistry.

  • Gale
    2018-09-17 10:05

    Set in wintry Russia a century ago this charming story, specifically designed to entertain children and introduce them to various instruments of the orchestra, was created by an established composer; the best narration occurs in conjunction with the orchestra. The use of "leitmotiv"—assigning one particular instrument to play one melodic strain—helps listeners recognize which character is on center stage.Young Peter, visiting his grandfather’s cottage by the big woods, is warned repeatedly not to venture too far from the palisade because a ferocious wolf prowls beyond. At first the boy is content to make friends with Ivan the Cat, Sasha the Bird and Sonia, the Duck. But boys will be boys and one day when Grandfather is not watching, the Wolf sneaks close enough to the pond to gobble up the duck in one gulp. Desperate to save his friend Peter, with the aid of Sasha, undertakes to trap the hungry wolf on his own.Although hunters eventually arrive at the end of the tale it is due to Peter’s courage and quick wit that the wolf is trapped—in some versions the wolf is either shot by hunters or carried in triumph back to the village, slung from a pole. Grandfather struggles between anger at Peter’s foolhardiness and pride in his abilities to defend his own. A tale of a wolf’s tail--beloved by children the world over--whether being read to or listening to the delightful tone poem. NB: Peter—violin; Cat—clarinet: Bird—flute; Duck--Oboe. Grandfather—bassoon; Hunters—Kettledrum, The Wolf: 3 French horns (July 31, 2013. I welcome dialogue with teachers.)

  • Tasha
    2018-08-19 14:57

    Raschka has taken Prokofiev's orchestral masterpiece and reworked it into a picture book that both pays homage to the music and also takes it to a different place. The book introduces each character in turn, gives them a voice and a sound and has them appear on the stage. First comes Peter, who is a spinning, twirling, whirling force. Then comes the bird, who is a delight to read aloud with his stutter and rhythm. My favorite then enters, the duck, who virtually yodels, calling his presence to everyone. Other characters enter, each with their own unique sound and style that is shown by their language and the words but also by their appearance.This book is such a joy to read aloud, but even more it demands to be made into some sort of production with children acting out the various parts. If I had a small class, I could see taking turns doing each part so that everyone has the thrill of reading the wolf. It will work best with older elementary students around age 9 or 10 who will enjoy the humor and not be caught by the words and rhythms. If you don't have a class to do this, please share it with any preschool group. Listen to the orchestral version first and children will be delighted to recognize each instrument and character and voice. Raschka has taken a nearly impossible retelling and done it with a magical ease and style.Highly recommended for preschoolers and older: ages 4+.

  • Karen
    2018-08-27 14:54

    My newly-five-year-old son picked this book out from our local library last week. I wanted to really like this book; I've been known to attend concerts performing Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf before I had children (although the last time I was pregnant with my five-year-old son). I wanted to really like this book, but I just didn't. I like the idea of the book -- telling the story of Peter and the Wolf in a non-Disney way and putting some of the fear and fierceness back into the original story. But after a while, the narration felt disjointed and schizophrenic.The illustrations in this book are very raw. Again, I like the idea of the rawness, and it works for some of the illustrations, especially the wolf itself, but after a while, they frayed my nerves. I think more of a balance between raw and finished might have worked better (at least for me and my son). I read this story once to my son, and that was enough for him. He can, however, listen to Bowie's version of Peter and the Wolf for hours on end. (Actual rating: 2.5 stars, but I round up.)

  • Rebecca Ann
    2018-08-19 09:12

    I LOVED the illustrations in this book. They have a messy, half finished look, with some pages having lots of white space and some a bit more busy and painterly. I especially loved that the whole story was framed on a stage. Raschka retells the story of Peter and the wolf and changed quite a bit. There is a boy, a bird, a duck, a cat and a wolf. The duck and bird argue, the a cat tries to eat the bird and a wolf comes and eats the duck. Peter catches the wolf by the tail and some hunters come and try to make him into a fur hat. At the last minute Peter's grandfather comes and they take the wolf to the zoo where they save the duck. I could see this being a lot of fun for storytimes, especially if you can figure out how these animals are supposed to talk, which I could not. It really doesn't have much in common with the original tale, so I think it would have been better off with another title and a note that it was adapted from that story.

  • Camille Ryckman
    2018-09-08 10:17

    Peter and the WolfBrief summary Classic retelling of the symphonic children’s classicAnnotation - This is a book that must be pre-read and practiced before reading aloud. The unusual sounds the animals make to imitate the instruments in the symphony take some time to work through so it sounds natural.Age appropriateness 3-5 yearsConnection to six early literacy skills Phonological awareness - This book uses a lot of different sounds to imitate animals that may not be what children have heard before, and that is a good thing.Opinion - The pictures are intricate and well done, the story as retold is good, but I don’t think children will end up enchanted with this classic tale from this book.

  • Traci
    2018-08-26 13:09

    I did not like this book at all. It made absolutely not sense at all. It was in the format of kids putting on a play and each character saying certain lines. Most of the words were just made up words that I had no idea how to pronounce and it made it impossible to follow the story line. I barely even know what happened. I just know a wolf ate the bird and there were hunters trying to kill the wolf and then Peter came and saved them all, or something like that. It was supposed to be a fairy tale but I did not catch that at all. Again, maybe kids would enjoy it, but I did not.

  • Jennifer
    2018-09-09 10:15

    I loved this! To be able to take a piece of music and turn it into a storybook, complete with musical tones of each character, is simply genius! I could hear the different parts of the music as I read each part, because Chris Raschka retold this story in such a way that each voice had a unique sound. He even wrote out a lot of sounds in his words. This book is just awesome! It takes a story typically told on stage with music and puts the stage performance straight onto the pages. And the artwork is phenomenal! =)

  • Joqui
    2018-08-20 10:17

    Ok, so this is my honest opinion, if you want to read this book go to the library and check it out first. It's cute, has wonderful drawings but in my case it did not keep my child's attention. He just looked at me like I was crazy trying to pronounce the words in the book. Maybe if you quickly read this to yourself before reading it to your child you will have an easier time... I would not recommend anyone to buy this book, but it does have some awesome illustrations and it's a cute concept.

  • Natalie
    2018-08-28 08:06

    I love the way this book looks. It's so bold and fresh! And before opening it I thought about all the possibilities of pairing it with the musical score. And I reminisced about watching the Disney version in music class every year. But then I opened the book, and I oh, so loved the collages... but when I tried to read the dialogue, I realized that it was kind of like talking to an acid casualty. It doesn't make any sense.

  • Min
    2018-09-06 14:57

    This is a favorite of mine, childhood or adulthood, the music and tale are beautiful. This rendition is best entitled 'vaguely related to but nothing like what you know Peter and the Wolf'. I can imagine this would be very visually and aurally entertaining for children at story time but I don't believe it is good enough to represent the original nor act as any form of introduction to this piece.

  • Darrielle
    2018-09-05 08:12

    This book is funny and is sure to gain students' interest as they listen to the story of Peter and the wolf. The book is a great tool to incorporate music into a lesson and introduce the class to string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments that make up the orchestra. In the book the orchestra this book incorporates music otehr animals. Students can make predictions as to what will happen

  • Samantha
    2018-09-09 08:58

    A picture book version of Sergei Prokofiev's composition that sought to introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra. For the artwork, the artist constructed miniature stages made of heavy paper, painted in watercolor, and cut and glued together to make a 3-dimensional illustration. I liked the leap the artwork took here, it worked well for the story and added drama and flair.

  • Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School
    2018-09-04 08:23

    The author creates a cacophony of sound in this modernistic rendition of the classic folk tale "Peter and the Wolf". With the abstract artistic themes throughout the illustrations, only those well grounded in the original tale will follow this story although young children may find humor in the nonsense words designed to create animal sounds and activity.

  • Katie Nerheim
    2018-09-13 10:01

    I liked this story a lot because of the illustrations. The story was definitely for younger kids though. The plot was made a little easier to read because of the dialog. I am planning on teaching older kids so I would not read this in my classroom but it was pretty entertaining. I liked the pictures and it would be good to read out loud. The classic story is always nice to hear.

  • Molly
    2018-08-19 07:22

    While I already knew I loved Raschka's work, I didn't expect to like this one as much as I did. The illustrations are tremendous and the text is great to read aloud. My son also loved it!As a side note, I appreciate Raschka's artwork, but because it is so unique, I can understand why some people really dislike it. I think that can account for some of the 1 stars his books receive.

  • The Library Lady
    2018-08-30 14:56

    I'm sorry. I don't care how many damn awards Raschka gets, I just DON'T LIKE HIS BOOKS!I don't see what makes his version of "Peter and the Wolf" worth the $18.00 of taxpayer money I plunked down for it. There are far better versions on the shelf already--and they generally even come with a CD of the music.

  • Jennifer Oaks
    2018-09-12 14:17

    This is another play tale that I have read I have to say that I like this one better. The book is set up to where it is repetitive. On the first page, it shows the character and the lines it is saying. Then on the second page, it shows which animal is entering next. This is a fun book to do with reader's theatre or even as a class project.

  • Stephanie Sesic
    2018-09-07 15:16

    My preschooler enjoyed this retelling. Each character is introduced on their own page, with the facing page framed like a stage and illustrating the action when that character enters the play. The nonsense words and repetition are great for preschoolers. Mine enjoyed it at least. But then, she's obsessed with wolves!

  • Jenny
    2018-09-02 15:16

    The sounds created through the words in the book were pretty neat but I was not a fan of this style (I'm the first to admit I am not the most cultured or artistic person so maybe I don't appreciate true "art").

  • Leslie Fisher
    2018-08-27 08:11

    Very rarely do I totally dislike a book, but neither I, nor my kids, liked this one. It was a struggle to even finish it. Maybe a narrated copy would have been better because I just couldn't get into the rhythm of this book.

  • Vilo
    2018-09-11 10:08

    This book can be enjoyed alone or while listening to a record of Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev. Christopher Raschka is the illustrator and writer of the words which have the rhythm of the music. The themes for each animal are clear.

  • Ivy
    2018-09-10 09:03

    This book has tons of voice which will be excellent when having my kids do their own retelling of the folk tale. However it is not the best telling of this story. It is a good addition to add to multiple retellings. I did not care for the illustrations.

  • Liza Gilbert
    2018-09-18 11:14

    Unbelievably confusing and awful. Raschka tries to layer the voices and actions of different characters in this classic fairy tale, but instead creates a jumbled up story that does not hold interest. The appearance of hunters with shotguns (in a picture book) is over-the-top.

  • Tim Eichorst
    2018-09-03 11:19

    This book is a great one to pick up, especially if you're a fan of classical (romantic?) music. The book is a verbal representation of Sergei Prokofiev's musical composition of the same name. It would be fun to listen to the recording with a child and using the book to help visualize!