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Peter And The Wolf Paperback – 5 Oct 1995

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New Ed edition (5 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552527556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552527552
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Full of winter coldness balanced by a warm retelling of the famous story" (Books for Your Children)

"Beautifully presented with childlike, atmospheric illustrations made more dreamy by the drifting snowflakes" (Daily Mirror)

"An inventive way to introduce children to classical music" (Practical Parenting)

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A magnificent new interpretation of Prokofiev's classic tale.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 28 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
for the Picture CORGI Book Series.

From the back cover:-

'Boys like Peter aren't afraid of wolves!

A magnificent new interpretation of Prokofiev's classic tale.
Lovely - a perfect introduction to music - Junior Education
A warm retelling of the famous story - Books for your Children'

Colourful paperback covers open to 24 high quality shiny pages in the popular 2-page spread format.
Beautifully illustrated throughout, in typical Ian Beck fashion, this super book is further enhanced by meaningful facial expressions which help to promote discussion.

Clear, easy-to-follow text, enhanced in places for effect.
The text is presented in framed boxes, the main ones include a little picture reminder of the relevant instrument - please see footnote.

Example of text:
'Peter lived with his grandfather in a little wooden house at the edge of a great dark forest. Around their house was a garden and beyond the garden was a meadow.

Early one morning, Peter opened the garden gate and went out into the big green meadow.
High up in a tree sat a little bird, who was Peter's friend.
'All is quiet, all is quiet,' sang the bird.
Just then, a fat white duck came waddling along. She was glad that Peter had left the gate open, and decided to go for a swim in the deep pond.....'

However, things are set to get a bit noisy as the duck and the little bird debate over their individual skills.
...Then along comes a cat....then Peter's Grandfather, who is not impressed with the fact that Peter has ventured into the meadow where there could be a wolf lurking.
And there lies the problem as a big, grey wolf DOES appear and things get considerably more lively!
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan. 2002
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Our 2 and 4 year-old boys love this book. Following loyally the wording of Prokofiev's imaginative introduction to the principal instruments of an orchestra, this is a beautifully illustrated book for young children. The borders surrounding the text contain pictures of the instruments which represent the animals in the main pictures: as well as bringing the story alive, it is a lovely introduction to the instruments themselves.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Mynors on 22 Oct. 2006
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My son 4 year old adores looking at this book whilst listening to the Prokoviev suite on CD. It is very true to the original, and the subtle pictures of the musical instruments throughout give clues as to which is playing. (We also love Ian Beck's illustrated edition of Edward Lear's The Jumblies).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Aug. 2011
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Bought for my grandson - three years old - before I took him to the Festival Hall to hear Jarvis Cocker narrate a version with the LSO prior to a showing of the wonderful animated film of Sergey Prokofiev's masterpiece. I also bought a CD to accompany it.
He thoroughly enjoyed the book and the illustrations helped to create the world of the original piece, a world obviously very different from his own, although he is a country boy. Knowing he was going to see the original animated version, I was concerned he might find it very puzzling but the book's illustrations helped to prepare him so he just found it puzzling. It only left me to explain why the hunters were shooting animals and how the duck could stay alive in the wolf after it was eaten; of course, I found this quite easy!
(He also fell asleep for ten minutes after the orchestral performance and while the hunters were shooting which also helped!)
It is a very colourful, well-printed and enjoyable text younger children will enjoy and a great addition to any musical version.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Compton on 18 Jan. 2010
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I ordered this book for my children after they enjoyed watching Disney's Peter and the Wolf.

The book is simply written and beautifully illustrated. Each page also has small pictures of the instruments relating to the characters as they appear, and at the back is a written list of each character and which instrument they are represented by.

Both my children (age 7 and 4) absolutely love it and I would highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DW2000q on 16 Sept. 2012
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I bought my little 2 1/2 year old daughter Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf on CD with Dame Edna narrating and I wanted a companion book to go along with it. This was the perfect solution since it is the classical version of the story (in other words, the narration on the CD and the book work beautifully together). But apart from this, the book is beautifully illustrated and a joy to look at on its own, without playing our CD in the background. My daughter just loves it and sleeps with this book every night. I'm not sure if she comprehends the actual story, but the illustrations really captivate her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Farndon on 11 Dec. 2009
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Brought back many happy memories of reading this book to my children when they were little, now am reading it to the grandchildren, 2, 2 and 3 years old and they love it just as much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T.J.SHEPPARD on 28 Dec. 2011
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This is a good example of the marrying of a traditional story with good modern art interpretation. It has large clear depictions of Peter and his exploits that kept my 4 year old grandson captivated.This is compared with the DVD bought at the same time which scares him.
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