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Peter and the wolf
Vagin, Vladimir Vasilʹevich, 1937-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Retells the orchestral fairy tale of the boy who, ignoring his grandfather's warning, proceeds to capture a wolf with the help of his friend the bird.
General Note:
"From the symphony by Sergei Prokofiev."
Reading Level:
AD 460 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 51675.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.8 2 Quiz: 22488 Guided reading level: M.
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PZ8.V15 PE 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales

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The wonderful tale of a little boy outsmarting the enemy to save a friend, based on Sergey Prokofiev's symphony, and beautifully illustrated by the well-known Russian artist, Vladimir Vagin.

On vacation at his grandfather's, Peter wants to do nothing but play with his friends Bird, Cat, and Duck, and his toys. But a sly and vicious wolf sneaks onto the grounds of Grandpapa's home and gobbles up Duck!

Peter quickly gathers his wits and some rope, and with the help of Bird, outsmarts the wolf before he can catch Cat too. Hunters come, but they're too late--Peter has captured the wolf!

Vladimir Vagin brings her personal knowledge of Russia to make the character, settings, and costumes of Prokofiev's classic tale come alive and takes readers to the heart of a young boy's first encounter with his own bravery.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

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 Engberg

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-This retelling closely follows the original story, with the exception of the duck's safe return at the end. The concise, readable narrative would meld nicely with the orchestral interpretation of the story and be an entertaining read-aloud. Playing or singing each character's musical theme (all seven of them are appended) adds a delightful element, for the story and music were written with the intent of introducing children to the instruments of the orchestra. The pencil-and-watercolor illustrations effectively combine folk art with realistic detail. The furtive wolf is especially well drawn. Scenic views range from panoramas to close-ups and from ground-level views to treetop perspectives looking down on the action. Large vignettes alternate with two-page spreads. Vagin's interpretation is equally as appealing as Charles Mikolaycak's bold peasant scenes (Viking, 1982; o.p.), which have more of a fairytale quality. Both editions contain notes about Prokofiev and the symphony, but only Vagin's book includes music.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.