Sunday, March 20, 2011


AS PROMISED IN MY LAST POST, I have now posted illustrations from the four remaining Warren Chappell music books on my Flickr. The true masterpiece is Peter and the Wolf, which I have posted in full. It is unclear whether the text for the book was written by Serge Prokofieff himself, although it seems doubtful. It does sport an introduction by Prokofieff's United States Agent Serge Koussevitzky. If you click into any of the links in this post, click into Peter and the Wolf. It really is superb.

To see all of the full page illustrations and some spot illustrations and adornments for the other titles in the series see: Hansel and Gretel, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and Coppelia. See also, my original post on John Updike's titles in the series. Enjoy.

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  1. Visiting from VKBMKL and saw this. This is similar to the "Peter and the Wolf" that I grew up with. Mine, however is the First Pinwheel Books Edition - March, 1973. All the pictures are colored; there is no music; and many of the pages are layed out differently. Thanks for all the information on Warren Chappell and his other work!

  2. Thanks for pointing out the variant. I see now in WorldCat that there is a listing for a 1973 Knopf/Pantheon Pinwheel Books Edition with a note "The narration (without the music)/ Reprint of the ed. published by Knopf, New York." If you still have a copy, I'd love to see a few scans from it.