The National Parenting Center

SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Spring 2012

The Soldiers Tale

Maestro Classics has given us a number of superb audio CD’s that feature a story set to the music of the greatest composers in history. This time it is Igor Stravinsky who gets the Maesttro treatment and the story is The Soldier’s Tale. Parents told us that it took a little coaxing from them to get the kids to sit down and listen to the tale as kids today do not normally gravitate to classical music and many have never heard of Stravinsky. Once they opened up to the experience they found a fascinating narrative that imparts the message that money does not buy happiness. The CD comes with an activity booklet which tells the story, features a few puzzles and teaches about the instruments that are featured in the music. Testers liked the blend of deeply moving, powerful music with the telling of a story. Plus, it gave children who normally would not have given Stravinsky a second glance a chance to appreciate his music.

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Recommended Age: 8 and Up
Price: $ 16.98

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