Peter and the Wolf based on the original work by Sergei Prokofiev, retold by Chris Raschka
This is the story of Peter, and a cast of animals-including a sneaky wolf! Each character is introduced and many argue among themselves. When the wolf arrives on the scene, he is hungry and has a little snack.
Peter, looking on from afar, sees the whole debacle and catches the wolf. He manages to talk down a group of hunters from killing the wolf into taking him to the zoo.
The text from this book is from Prokofiev's children's musical symphony.
What I Thought: What a delightful story! As I was reading this book I had the tune of the symphony running through my head and I was putting the words to the melody.
Raschka's illustrations are superb. He created a stage setting out of heavy paper then added the characters into the stage as they entered the story to give most of the illustrations a three-dimensional effect.
A fun way to use this story would be to have a readers theater. The book is set up perfectly for this activity as each character's lines are prominently shown. I think the kids who participate would have a blast with the unusual text that are depicting what the animals are saying.
Finally, this book would be a great way to introduce symphonies and classical music with kids. You can read more about Peter and the Wolf, the symphonic work here via Wikipedia.
The only thing that I think would have made this book better would be to include a CD with the music of the symphony with it so the readers could read the text while listening to the symphony play.
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