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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Peter and the Wolf
by Sergei Prokofiev (adapted by Gerlinde Wiencirz)
Age Range: 6-8
Peter lives with his grandfather in a little house in the middle of a meadow. He has a cat called Tabby and has befriended a little bird. The bird meets a duck and both tease each other about their physical capabilities, “you can't fly” says the bird to the duck and “you can't swim” says the duck to the bird. Grandfather warns Peter to be carefu and keep the garden gate shut as there is a wolf in the forest nearby. Unfortunately, one day Peter forgets and the wolf finds the gate open and catches the duck. Peter tries to save the bird and Tabby who are also being threatened by the hungry ferocious wolf. With the help of the bird, Peter manages to catch the wolf and tie him to the trunk of a big tree. A group of hunters passing by spot the wolf and want to shoot him, but Peter has other plans in mind.
Peter and the Wolf is a symphonic fairy tale for children, a musical composition written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936 and is one of the most performed works in the entire classical repertoire. It has been recorded many times and is a well-known international story with many book editions.
The story has been adapted by Gerlinde Wiencirz and translated from German by Anthea Bell. The striking illustrations by Julia Gukova enhance this well-known story and bring it to life. Bell was a respected translator of international reputation bringing numerous bestselling children's books from other countries into English.