As part of the TOS Crew, I recently received one of Maestro Classic’s CDs, The Tortoise and the Hare, to review. Maestro Classics’ new classical music CD series for children combines classic stories with symphony music.
Titles currently available at Maestro Classics are:
The Story of Swan Lake
Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel
Jaunita, la langosta espanola
Peter and the Wolf
Casey at the Bat
The Tortoise and the Hare
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
I was highly impressed with the quality of this product. The narrator was excellent and the background music was also wonderful. The CD included several tracks….the story itself, background information on Aesop, fables, and the story, an explanation of the the music by the composer/conductor himself, and a sing-a-long of one of the musical pieces. After Emily heard the background information, she wanted to immediately play the story again to listen for the music selections that she had learned about!
The CD is accompanied by a colorful 24 page booklet with information about instruments, the orchestra, notes and time signatures, words and music for one of the songs in the recording, crossword puzzles, and more.
Maestro Classics CDs sell for $16.98 for individual titles or 3 CDs for $45. These would make great Christmas gifts!
I received this item free for review purposes.
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