Peter and the Wolf


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Author: Sergei Prokofiev

Illustrator: Barbara Cooney


PROKOFIEV, Sergei. Peter and the Wolf. A Mechanical Book. Scenes by Barbara Cooney. [NY]: Viking Kestrel [1986]. Oblong 4to; [11]pp. Color pictorial boards which open at center to create a standup, theater-like presentation and closes with a red cloth tie. Color pictorial pop-up illustrations on every page; three having mechanical elements. Upper corners minutely worn, small smudge to title where front flap lies against it, else a fine copy. Signed by the artist, two-time Caldecott Medalist Barbara Cooney, and dated the year of publication.

First edition. A pop-up version of the Russian folk tale, made internationally famous by Prokofiev’s brilliant orchestral piece. Barbara Cooney’s five charming pop-up scenes, whimsically captured in her delicate watercolors, bring this Russian folk tale to life.