We had the opportunity to receive and review The Tortoise and the Hare. This is a wonderful story from Aesop's fables set to classical music performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra.
This approximately 54 minute CD was able to easily draw the attention of my children. The narrator clearly tells the story of "The Hare" and how he likes to brag about how fast he is. A marathon is set up so that the Hare can compete against the other animals in the forest. The problem is, is that none of the animals want to compete against him, as he is not very well liked. Finally the Tortoise steps up and offers to race the Hare. In the background and at appropriate times throughout the story you hear the orchestra and its various instruments.
In addition to the orchestra version of the story, the actual short story from Aesop's fables is shared on the CD. Then there is the song "Pretzel Vendor of Paris" with information about the song. There is also information behind the story and how they chose the music for the Tortoise and the Hare. You can here a sample of the this CD by clicking HERE.
Included with the CD is a booklet which has information on the importance of listening to music together with your child. Also includes info on the orchestra and colored pictures of the instruments used in the orchestra. There there are some puzzles and information on hares and tortoises.
Overall an excellent CD, enjoyable by all ages, but especially children under 10 years. There are several other CD's available from this company which sound wonderful as well. You can here samples at the website.
For more information about this CD or others from Maestro Classics..Click HERE.