My kids love, and I mean LOVE, audio books and stories. We have at least a hundred. So it was with great pleasure that I learned that I would be reviewing Peter and the Wolf by Maestro Classics.
We already own a copy of Peter and the Wolf, but it was on record. When I say record, I mean an actual black round LP. Perfect for a snowy day at home, but not ideal for a road trip to Georgia or to carry on an airplane to Oregon.
Maestro Classics produces award-winning new classical music CD's for children and families. Combining literature, classical music, education and entertainment, these CDs for parents and children are perfect for all ages. They offer many selections to choose from including: The Story of Swan Lake, The Tortoise and the Hare, and even Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Each CD comes with a program book that your child can use while listening.
The Maestro Classics website is filled with resources to help parents build on the music their children are listening to. There are lesson plans*, articles, access to program book answers, and a list of awards and reviews*.
*These resources may not be available for each title.
The CD that we received was just perfect! Since my kids are already big audio lovers, it was like receiving a late Christmas present. They all settled down together in the living room to listen. Even Margaret (age 2) made it through the entire store. As soon as it ended, Isaac (age 7) and Henry (age 5) restarted the CD for another full listening of the story. Pretty impressive since the story lasts about 30 minutes.
Our CD had lots of extras on it such as the life of the composer and talks with the conductor, but my kids weren't really that interested in those parts. They enjoyed the full narrated version of the actual story (a shorter un-narrated version is also on the CD).
I am absolutely thrilled with the quality and educational value of the product. The only thing holding me back from ordering more from Maestro Classics is the price. Individual titles are marked at $16.98, and they have a special where you can get three titles for $45. I understand that is pretty standard CD pricing, but it is hard for me to spend $17 on a disc that I am going to find without it's case behind a bookshelf. I have seen how my kids treat their audio books and stories. Again, this is unique to my family, and as the kids get older they will gain more respect for their items. If it wasn't for that, we would have already ordered at least two more of the titles. I encourage anyone looking to expand their listening library to check out the selections at Maestro Classics.
Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS homeschool review group I received a free copy of Peter and the Wolf from Maestro Classics in exchange for a review on this blog. I received no other compensation.