I love the idea of adding music to a story and the people at Maestro Classics have done a great job of doing this by adding symphony orchestra music to classic stories. They are brought to you by Stephen Simon and Bonnie Ward Simon who both have an extensive background in music.
Here is what the website has to say about their products.
Maestro Classics™ is the ambassador of great music for both children and adults, helping them experience the art form in new and exciting ways. Through wondrous new recordings, innovative educational and performance materials, and uplifting live performances, Maestro Classics™ guides audiences as they expand their listening horizons and discover the magic that can only be called music.
Our family received The Tortoise and the Hare to review as part of the TOS crew. You can visit their website to see all of the titles that are available. They also have a Spanish version available for a story called Juanita, the Spanish Lobster.
My kids really enjoyed listening to The Tortoise and the Hare. These are a great way to incorporate classical music into your curriculum. Honestly, we would probably not listen any of this unless it is introduced this way. We are just not a family that listens to classical music. While the kids were listening they each drew their version of what they thought the animals in this story looked like. Both pictures were adorable. We also received really cute bookmarks. The CD came with a booklet that had the words to the songs in the CD that had my kids singing hilariously throughout the day. They were also a couple of activities to continue the lessons.
The CD’s are available at the website magicmaestromusic.com. Each one is $16.98 which I think is a little expensive. Right now you can enter the coupon code MAESTRO45 and you can get 3 CD’s for $45.00 which helps to make it a little more cost effective. I found the animated website to be cute and easy to navigate. You can see samples of the music here.
Overall, we really liked this CD and would enjoy listening to other titles from this company.
Please note that I received a free copy of the CD, “The Tortoise and the Hare” in exchange for my honest opinion in this review. No other compensation was provided to me.