Monday, March 26, 2012

The Tortoise and the Hare from Maestro Classics

The Tortoise and the Hare is a classic Aesop's fable. A very confident hare challenges a tortoise to a race. Halfway through the race, the hare rests and realizes too late that the tortoise has beaten him to the finish line. The Tortoise displays the virtues of diligence, perseverance, and optimism. Slow and steady wins the race is his motto. We've read this short story many times before, but we had never heard it the way Maestro Classics told it! The humorous twists and additions to the story along with the music makes this version of the Tortoise and the Hare our favorite.  (Scroll down for a chance to get your own copy!)

The Tortoise and the Hare CD

My 5yr. old daughter picked out Maestro Classics The Tortoise and the Hare for our review. We have a board book of this story so she was familiar with the characters. When our package arrive, she was very excited to listen to the story.

Maestro's Classics The Tortoise and the Hare

We pulled it out right away to listen. Inside the cd case was a little booklet. This little booklet is packed with lots of information! It had a picture chart of the instruments in the orchestra, a little bit of basic music theory, and some activity pages.

The Tortoise and the Hare booklet

She read this while listening to the story. Now don't think this cd series is just for young children--because it is not! I had all my kids sit and listen  ages 1yr. - 13 yrs. old. Younger children will enjoy listening to the story being told along with the music. Older kids can listen to the story and try to analyze the music too:

What instruments are playing?
Are their certain instruments representing specific characters?
Why would the orchestra play fast at this point in the story?

If you are apprehensive about explaining the instruments and other technical music stuff, no worries because the composer, Stephen Simon, does it for you! I think that was my favorite part--- hearing about his thought-process in writing the music to tell the story.

Tortoise and the Hare Coloring Page
You can find additional resources and ideas to go along with each of the CD stories available on the Maestro Classics Website. You could easily turn it into a unit.

  There are 9 different music stories available. They can be purchased as CD's or downloaded as MP3's. You can go to the site and hear snippets from each musical story. We also have Peter and the Wolf  in our collection and enjoy it too. I think this is a great way to teach listening skills, literature, and music appreciation! And if I'm honest-- I also love it because the cd does the majority of the teaching for me! I get to take off my teaching hat and just sit and enjoy the story along with my children.

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Disclosure: I was provided a CD for review purposes only. Opinions about this product are my own.

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Blogger Eszter Gergely said...

I would chose Peter and the Wolf

March 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These look great I would either pick Peter and the Wolf or Michel Mulligan and the steam shovel.

March 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

I would also do Peter and the Wolf. The audio sometimes scares my kid, but I think it's because of the music intensity!

March 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

I think Peter and the Wolf too!

March 26, 2012 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I would choose Mike Mulligan...we love that book!

March 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Shirley said...

I would love Peter and the Wolf

March 26, 2012 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger Mandy said...

I think Tortoise and the Hare would be good for my littles. My daughter might also love Swan Lake.

March 26, 2012 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Thanks for this review! We'd be interested in so many of these... perhaps start with "My Name is Handel" or "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

March 26, 2012 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger K Coake said...

Looks interesting. My Name is Handel would be my pick.

March 26, 2012 at 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

This looks like such a fun and interesting music curriculum!

March 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

Oh, and we would pick Mike Mulligan because we LOVE the book :)

March 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger Christie said...

If I had to choose another CD to listen to, I would pick The Story of Swan Lake.

March 26, 2012 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger DonnaJo said...

Interestingly, I would probably pick Casey at Bat b/c it's so familiar from my childhood. I remember the short cartoon of it.

March 27, 2012 at 6:28 AM  
Blogger Ticia said...

Peter and teh Wolf. I love that one, and can't wait to introduce it to my kids.

March 27, 2012 at 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Jenny Kurtz said...

It's hard to choose! I guess I'd pick Peer & the Wolf. Thanks for the chance to win!

March 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Jenny Kurtz said...

I mean "Peter & the Wolf." Sometimes my fingers go faster than my brain! =)

March 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Kristina said...

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

March 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Sew_Happily_Ever_After said...

Mike mulligan because my son loves that story!

March 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

I think my son would love Casey at the Bat. but I would love Swan Lake :)

March 27, 2012 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Wendi said...

The all look really interesting. I am really intrigued with "My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music".

March 27, 2012 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger The Zookeeper said...

I would love to have:
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

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March 27, 2012 at 10:10 PM  
Anonymous Chiana said...

I would choose My name is Handel ...

March 27, 2012 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger Stefanie said...

Love Maestro Classics! I think we'd go for The Sorcerer's apprentice.

March 28, 2012 at 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Daniele @ Domestic Serenity said...

The Story of Swan Lake -- love that one.

March 29, 2012 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Precious said...

We would DIE to have "Peter and the Wolf." We borrowed it from the Library and it's already a favorite.

March 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Precious said...

We would DIE to have "Peter and the Wolf." We borrowed it from the Library and it's already a favorite.

March 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Kori said...

I have wanted Peter and the Wolf for a long time!

March 30, 2012 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Dianna@KennedyAdventures said...

I've seen these advertised before, and thought they looked pretty good! Thanks for the review - I'm putting them on my 'need to buy list." Mike Mulligan and his STeam Shovel is in the Memoria Press curriculum for next year, so that will be the first one I look at.

Looking forward to meeting you at the 2:1 Conference soon!

April 12, 2012 at 8:27 AM  

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