Thursday, December 17, 2009

Maestro Classics: The Tortoise and The Hare (A Review)

The opportunity to review 'The Tortoise and the Hare' by Maestro Classics came at a great time for our family. A friend and I were in the middle of teaching 'Introduction to the Symphony', a homeschool class for 4-6 year olds and many of the concepts we discussed are covered in this classic story. Another neat thing about this story is I always use the example of the tortoise when explaining to my students the need to practice slow and steady versus fast with lots of mistakes!
The CD lasts approximately 55 minutes and features the following:
1. The Tortoise and the Hare by the Maestro himself, Stephen Simon, and narrated by Yadu, a.k.a r. Konrad Czynski
2. About the Story by Bonnie Ward Simon
3. Pretzel Vendor of paris Song
Maestro Classics / DixieLand band
4. About The Music by Stephen Simon
5. Now That You Know a Little More
6. Want To Have Some Fun? Prepare To Perform
7. Pretzel Vendor of Paris Song - Sing-Along
Each CD comes packaged in a colorful CD case which contains a booklet that includes pictures of the orchestra, an intro to music notation, fun activities (mine had dot to dot and a word jumble), and additional material about the characters featured in the story. Stephen Simon, a professional conductor and his wife Bonnie, an arts director and music educator created 'Stories in Music' to bring the concert experience to children and classrooms through CD format.

Here are the other stories featured in this amazing Series:
Mike Mulligan And His steam Shovel
Casey At The Bat
Juanita The Spanish Lobster
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
The Story of Swan Lake
Peter And The Wolf

CD's from this series may be purchased in two ways:
1 for $16.98 or 3 for $45 (Enter coupon code Maestr045)
Prices include shipping!

I received 'The Tortoise And The Hare' free of charge to review and share my comments about this product.


1 comment:

  1. Hi April!

    This is a belated thanks for the wonderful review of our Tortoise and the Hare CD. I just wanted to let you know that since you reviewed our CD we've made a Facebook page so that our fans can participate in monthly giveaways (we have a big one coming up for the full 8 CD set!) and get coupons. We'd love to invite you and your readers to join our page or check out our new free homeschool music curriculum guides and thanks again for the lovely review!

    Maestro Classics