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Peter and the Wolf

Press:Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing (January 2003)
Publication Date:1998-02
Author Name:Sergei Prokofiev,Miguelanxo Prado,Joe Johnson


Another of the great classics for children, and adults, often heard on records with Prokofiev¹s remarkable score, is adapted to stunning comics by one of today¹s comic art geniuses (Streak of Chalk, Tangents).

From Publishers Weekly

This presentation of Prokofiev's symphonic fairy tale loses its melody in a wordy adaptation of the narrative. 
In the opening scene, instead of simply meeting Peter as he opens the garden gate early one morning, readers weave their way through "the great forest...
just outside town" to an "apple tree on the bank of a pond [where] one of the tree's sturdy branches hung above the fence and over a garden." Here, Peter and his friend, the little bird, finally meet.
Though the characters remain true to form and the story line of a brave young boy capturing a wild and ravenous wolf remains intact, the essence of Prokofiev's masterpiece, a study in simplicity, is obscured by labyrinthine details.
Gukova's (The Blind Fairy) mixed-media illustrations, alive with color and texture, allow for intimate encounters with each of the animals.
In one of the most enchanting, as the cat stealthily approaches his potential feathered prey, the duck exits the lower right-hand corner of the spread in a great splash of water while only the reflection of the fleeing bird is visible in the pond.
Yet some of the images here may be more menacing than they would be in a listener's imagination.
And fans of the original tale will miss the closing sounds of the duck's quacking from inside the wolf's stomach (she's been swallowed whole), which goes unmentioned here.
Ages 5-8 (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8AA new interpretation of the often-illustrated tale. 
Charles Mikolaycak's Peter and the Wolf (Viking, 1986) has realistic colored-pencil drawings of handsome Russian peasants.
Jorg Muller's oversized version (Knopf, 1986; o.p.) opens and closes with a theater stage where musicians perform Prokofiev's classic orchestral piece.
Ian Beck's toylike figures (Atheneum, 1995) make the tale accessible to younger children.
In contrast, Prado's interpretation tells the story in blocks or panels that are dark in hue and heavy with psychological meaning.
The hand-written text appears in the corners of the small, framed pictures.
Dark night and green forest make it difficult to discern the action as Peter follows the bird, duck, and cat into the frightening forest.
Danger is almost palpable as the cat's sharp teeth narrowly miss the bird, and the giant gray wolf emerges from the gloom and swallows the duck.
With the bird's help, Peter catches the wolf by his tail and the hunters shoot him.
Briefly, the boy feels regret at having destroyed a magnificent beast, but quickly forgets when the villagers admire his bravery.
"Vanity is as insatiable as the hunger of wild animals," reads the text.
"So it goes." This version is not at all suitable for storyhours because of its dark setting and minute text.
The aura of menace and fear that pervades it suggests that it should be used with older children who can understand Peter's pride and rebelliousness and can appreciate the artist's wry, comedic renderings.AShirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJCopyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-Wiencirz attempts to flesh out the basic story by adding dialogue and description. 
Unfortunately, rather than adding to the overall impact of the story, this effort only seems to make it more wordy.
The clipped sentences sound slightly stilted: "One morning Peter woke up early.
He went out into the garden and looked around.
Where was his friend the little bird? Peter gave a soft whistle." Compare that passage to Patricia Crampton's Peter and the Wolf (Picture Book Studio, 1987; o.p.): "Only Peter's friend the bird, perched at the top of a big tree, sang the song of the peaceful meadow and the quiet, blue pond." Gukova's illustrations, reminiscent of Eastern European folk art, are more successful than the text.
The animals, in particular, are nicely portrayed and seem to have distinct personalities as they interact.
The design is basic-a single block of text placed on a double-page painting.
Librarians needing a version of this story would be better served by Selina Hastings's Peter and the Wolf (Holt, 1995) or Patricia Crampton's book.Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From Booklist

Ages 4-8. 
Vagin offers a crisp, appealing addition to the print retellings of this classic musical fairy tale, taken from the symphony by Sergei Prokofiev.
In a mostly smooth, simple text, he follows the classic story closely, ending this time with the wolf in a zoo and the duck he swallowed safely back in Peter's arms.
The art, too, is traditional.
In his signature, representational style, Vagin places Peter and his grandfather in a typical Russian dacha surrounded by a lush forest, a historic village of onion-domed buildings in the distance.
Despite the story's suspense, Vagin's illustrations have a gentle cast: unlike other versions, such as Migelanxo Prado's (1998), which featured a harsh grandfather and dark, foreboding forest scenes, Vagin's grandfather appears to be sweet and caring and the wolf more neutral than menacing.
Vagin waits until the end to discuss the tale's symphonic roots, with a final page that briefly introduces Prokofiev and includes the musical score for each animal.
Those looking for a more musical retelling will appreciate Loriot's 1986 version, with Jorg Muller's inset illustrations of an orchestra alongside scenes from Peter's story.
Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association.
All rights reserved

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From Kirkus Reviews

Prado's interpretation of Sergei Prokofiev's tale is a fine combination of raw power and arch simplicity. 
The story unfolds in comic-book format, with numerous panels to each page, and the artwork within the panels is hyper-evocative of the dark forest, moody and beautifully drafted, the colors rich and royal.
Despite his grizzled grandfather's advice``Don't ever go into the forest for any reason, because you'll never come back out''Peter roves into the woods in the querulous company of a songbird, a duck, and a cat.
The wolf, not just ferocious but talismanic of the forest's wild state, materializes and makes quick work of the duck.
Peter sets a trap, snares the wolf by the tailalthough hunters have him in their sightsand shoots him dead (the duck never makes a reappearance in this version).
Peter at first feels a pang of remorse over the noble beast's demise, for it is so necessary a presence in the forest.
``But people are fickle.
And their vanity is as insatiable as the hunger of wild animals.
Peter was no exception.
He now only felt the admiration that the entire hamlet expressed over his great feat.
So it goes.'' This book is a winner: dramatic, transporting, and attuned to the value of wildness in nature and how it touches lives irreplaceably.
(Picture book.
6-10) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP.
All rights reserved.


The concise, readable narrative would meld nicely with the orchestral interpretation of the story and be an entertaining read-aloud. 
-- School Library Journal, November 2000

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation) Original Language: German

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From the Inside Flap

A series of 112 dramatic picture frames illuminate the story of how Peter and his friends, each represented by a different musical instrument, outsmart the Wolf and then lead a triumphant procession back to Peter's cottage.  The accompanying 25-minute audio cassette features eloquent narration and Prokofiev's splendid music.  Praised by School Library Journal for its richness and full characterizations, this handsome package makes a classic gift for any child.  

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About the Author

Prokofiev was a prolific composer, his works include numerous operas, ballets, and symphonies.


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Comment List (Total:16)

  •     I bought this for some 3-5 year olds that I teach at a homeschool co-op to look at while listening to the music by Prokofiev. For some reason I was expecting a hardback book (despite having ordered a paperback), and a landscape layout. I think landscape layout would work better for children so that they could open the book and it would stay open without them holding it, and hardback would make it more sturdy, but apart from these (frankly minor) "flaws", it is a delightful story with beautiful pictures--I love the glimpse into another culture through the illustrations.

  •     lovely book

  •     Should have been a larger Picture book!

  •     Just as I remembered. Am enjoying reading it to my granddaughters, as I did my kids 25-30 years ago.

  •     The book itself is wonderful - by far my daughter's favorite version of this story! We both love that not only does it explain that each character is represented by an instrument, but on each page around the text there is an illustration of the featured character's instrument. My 3 year old daughter loves to listen to a recording of "Peter and the Wolf" while following the story, and the illustrations help tremendously! The only down side is this was sent from the UK, so it took almost a month before it arrived.

  •     Good artwork, good story.

  •     LOVE!!!!

  •     Nice rendition of the classic tale.

  •     Delightful illustration, perfect companion for narrated Prokofiev

  •     The best! Had this years ago for my daughter & misplaced it so bought replacement here last week. Our 6 yr old grandson LOVED it & had a ball learning which instrument went with which character. Then we got another audio book version & googled YouTubes & went to the library for the DVD that won an award a couple of years ago. We are now obsessed! What a fun way to expose children to the orchestra! It helps that my grandson already has a nice appreciation for classical music! Never thought I'd see the day, but playing classical at times during his visits as a baby & toddler must have done something right!

  •     great quality at a very fair price

  •     Beautiful illustrations. Great version of this classic. Easy to take around town or on trips. Love this little paperback book

  •     This is a beautifully illustrated book of the classic tale. I bought it to accompany the Leonard Bernstein CD that includes Peter And The Wolf along with other children's classics. I'm a retired high school teacher, and I refuse to get my grandchildren a video version of this story. Frankly, I think that kids get far too much video entertainment, and many can't ride even a few minutes in a car without having a favorite video playing in the back seat. Yep- I'm old school... Can't help myself!My 5-year-old grandson got both the book and CD from me for Christmas, and loves them. No, he can't read the book yet, but he can look at the illustrations while he actually LISTENS to the recording. Then he can grow into the book as he builds his reading skills.

  •     I grew up on this version of Peter and the Wolf. The music is so amazing and wonderful but in combination with the hard cover book it is fantastical! It teaches children about musical instruments and tells a great story at the same time. Genius. I recently helped my Mom purchase a new version of the book and a CD separately but it is not the same caliber that this one was. I only wish they would redo this so that it was the same book with a CD or mp3 files instead. I know I would purchase several copies! What makes this combo is the fact that they were made for one another. The book lines up with the cassette perfectly.The pages are soft and smooth and the colors of the illustrations are so vivid. The illustrations themselves are wonderful and detailed. The music is perfect - no volume mishaps with not being able to hear the dialogue as I've read with some of the newer versions. The combo comes in a thick box-like sheath with a pocket for the cassette on the side and another bigger pocket for the book as well just below it. This helps keep both in pristine condition. I still have my copy from when I was a child and I look forward to sharing the enchanting experience with my children in the future.Conclusion: The idea of teaching children about classical music and the classical instruments is wonderful enough without having a wonderful, colorful book to help feed their imagination. This is a wonderful combo and is well worth the small price. Even if you don't have a cassette player, the book alone would be well worth the purchase.

  •     The ebook is totally useless and a waste of money. The pages are out of order and sideways. I'm not even sure all the pages are included, since I can't attempt to read the story in any kind of order! I probably should have guessed that this edition would be troubled, since they couldn't even spell the author/composer's name correctly, but I hoped I could use it for introducing my students to "Peter and the Wolf" prior to showing them the Disney version. I'd give it zero stars if the interface allowed me to!

  •     Well told story, and artwork is lovely


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