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SERGEI PROKOFIEV’S PETER AND THE WOLF by Sergei Prokofiev

SERGEI PROKOFIEV’S PETER AND THE WOLF

By Sergei Prokofiev (Author) , Peter Malone (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 2004
ISBN: 0-375-82430-8
Publisher: Knopf

A new treatment of Prokofiev’s symphonic folktale in which each character is represented by a different orchestral instrument. Set in Russia, the familiar story presents a boy who, to save his animal friends from a wolf, disobeys grandfather’s warnings. From his vantage point in a tree, and with the help of a teasing, distracting bird, Peter fearlessly lassoes the wolf by the tail. This new edition boasts pleasing new illustrations that are at once original and reminiscent of highly decorative Russian art, brightly colored and meticulously detailed. Each character with designated orchestral instrument is graphically introduced at the beginning. Problems arise with the brief, well-known text that has always been at the service of the symphonic movements. Here Prokofiev’s original ending has been changed and softened so that the duck, which has been swallowed whole by the wolf, escapes. There is ample precedent for tinkering with Prokofiev’s masterwork, but this ending may jar those for whom the final melancholy notes of the oboe, representing the trapped duck, are the poignant, seminal moment in the story. (CD included) (Picture book. 5-9)