One piece of music our family has enjoyed through the years is Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev. I hope you enjoy this musical story, too.
The following link is to Phil Tugla-Through the Curriculum and has some wonderful helps and ideas for studying this piece of music including the text of the story and separate playings of the individual themes showing pictures of the instruments used as well as a suggested writing activity. http://www.philtulga.com/Peter.html
This link is to the Wikipedia article for Peter and the Wolf: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_and_the_Wolf
And the link to the Wikipedia article on Sergei Prokofiev: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Prokofiev
You might also enjoy this excerpt with video of a duck and her babies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJR7oAKYUHA
This week another Eugene Field poem:
The Sugar-Plum Tree
Have you ever heard of the Sugar-Plum Tree?
'T is a marvel of great renown!
It blooms on the shore of the Lollipop sea
In the garden of Shut-Eye Town;
The fruit that it bears is so wondrously sweet
(As those who have tasted it say)
That good little children have only to eat
Of that fruit to be happy next day.
When you 've got to the tree, you would have a hard time
To capture the fruit which I sing;
The tree is so tall that no person could climb
To the boughs where the sugar-plums swing!
But up in that tree sits a chocolate cat,
And a gingerbread dog prowls below---
And this is the way you contrive to get at
Those sugar-plums tempting you so:
You say but the word to that gingerbread dog
And he barks with such terrible zest
That the chocolate cat is at once all agog,
As her swelling proportions attest.
And the chocolate cat goes cavorting around
From this leafy limb unto that,
And the sugar-plums tumble, of course, to the ground---
Hurrah for that chocolate cat!
There are marshmallows, gumdrops, and peppermint canes,
With stripings of scarlet or gold,
And you carry away of the treasure that rains
As much as your apron can hold!
So come, little child, cuddle closer to me
In your dainty white nightcap and gown,
And I 'll rock you away to that Sugar-Plum Tree
In the garden of Shut-Eye Town.