HFVS CD Giveaway: Ferdinand the Bull and Friends

New CD Giveaway
Ferdinand the Bull and Friends
Narrated by David Ogden Stiers

Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010, 7pm (EST).

In the tradition of Peter and the Wolf, North Pacific Music has recently produced a fabulous story CD, Ferdinand the Bull and Friends, narrated by David Ogden Stiers — and we have a copy to giveaway to one lucky family! Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010. Details below.

About Ferdinand the Bull and Friends

Narrator David Ogden Stiers is joined by award-winning cellist Nina Flyer and pianist Chie Nagatani in performing music created and arranged by up-coming composer, Mark Fish — a name in to watch out for in the children’s music world. Together they create an intelligently educational and entertaining sound world of three stories — never pandering, never pedantic, always engaging — alluring to both children and adults.

TRADING CARDS: Include are 15 shiny firm CD-sized trading cards. The 15 poems of Ogden Nash are illustrated by Devin Bernard with drawings on the face, and poems on the back. These can be used as novelty conversation pieces or parlor game for children of all ages. Take turns, pick a card, start reading the poem, the first to jump in and finish the poem gets the card - person with the most cards wins.

Ferdinand the Bull is a musical setting of The Story of Ferdinand, written in 1932 by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson. The book has become a classic. In this version, certain characters or events in the story have musical themes: Ferdinand’s flower-sniffing waltz (played by the cello), fast piano scales depict other young bulls running around and the fanfare is for the parade into the bullring. And there is a part everyone can play, right along with the recording: put a finger in your mouth, tighten your lips, and “pluck” one side just like the reader — it’s the sound of a cork popping off a bottle, for the cork tree.

The Carnival of the Animals was written in 1886 by the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. The poems from the 1950s are by American poet Ogden Nash. In The Carnival of the Animals Saint-Saëns’ music imitates many animal sounds. For one animal, not known for any sound, he plays a trick. He makes a really slow dance — the famous French Can-Can for the tortoise. The elephant gets a funny waltz and the fossils… just imagine.

The Mother Goose Suite: Maurice Ravel loved music and children. With Jean and Mimie, children of his musician friends Cipa and Ida Godebski, he spent hours telling stories and playing games. When they were 8 and 10 years old and learning piano, he composed The Mother Goose Suite for them to play together. Eventually it was so popular he made it into a ballet for a whole orchestra.

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win a free copy of the newly released CD, Ferdinand the Bull and Friends, narrated by David Ogden Stiers, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. SHARE YOUR FAMILIES FAVORITE SHORT STORY and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their full name and town/state) and contact the winner via email.  So be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 @ 7pm (EST).

12 Comments

  1. November 4, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Congratulations to:

    • Rachel Keller of Williamsburg, MA

    Rachel has won a copy of the newly released CD, Ferdinand the Bull and Friends, narrated by David Ogden Stiers, and should forward her mailing address to hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

    Thank you to all who participated!

  2. rachel keller said,

    November 3, 2010 at 11:32 am

    In the Night Kitchen!
    Rachel Keller Williamsburg MA

  3. Arjuna Greist said,

    November 3, 2010 at 10:37 am

    One of our favorites has always been Frederick, (the poet mouse) but Ferdinand is up there, too!

    Northampton, MA

  4. Kerry Anderson said,

    October 29, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Today, the favorite book is “Froggy’s Halloween”

    Kerry Anderson
    Southwick, MA

  5. Lorena Loubsky-Lonergan said,

    October 24, 2010 at 9:00 am

    We live up on the Heath line in Colrain, Mass. We have more than one favorite story, but…we went with Pooh Invents a New Game, it tells about how Pooh was walking in the 100 acre wood one day and came to the bridge and threw fir cones in…and raced across the bridge to see which one came out first ~ and each cone won, for it was unique and of course you had to throw it in, in a twitchy sort of way…
    A.A. Milne…I read this aloud one night in a hostel in New Zealand high above TeAnau and for some reason it was medicine for our aching feet – I never saw a swiss german laugh so hard…but that is another story

  6. Lorena Loubsky-Lonergan said,

    October 24, 2010 at 8:54 am

    We live up on the Heath line in Colrain, Mass. We have more than one favorite story, but…we went with Pooh Invents a New Game, it tells about how Pooh was walking in the 100 acre wood one day and came to the bridge and through fir cones in…and raced across the bridge to see which one came out first ~ and each cone won, for it was unique and of course you had to throw it in, in a twitchy sort of way…
    A.A. Milne…I read this aloud one night in a hostel in New Zealand high above TeAnau and for some reason it was medicine for our aching feet – I never saw a swiss german laugh so hard…but that is another story

  7. Stephanie BIllings said,

    October 23, 2010 at 7:28 am

    The Gingerbread Man
    Stephanie, Florence, MA

  8. October 22, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    We love Ferdinand! Strega Nona is a favorite as well.
    We live in Easthampton, MA

  9. Robin shapiro said,

    October 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    We love Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales
    Northampton

  10. October 22, 2010 at 8:18 am

    At the moment our favorite short story is The Little Red Hen…my 3 1/2 year old daughter likes to say the parts “Not I”…it’s fun :)

    Pittsfield, Ma

  11. Jessica said,

    October 21, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    we love Ferdinand a great and timeless short story
    Jessica Morris
    Northampton

  12. Melissa Miller said,

    October 20, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Sam and Emma! (Melissa Miller, Amherst, MA)


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