A Review of Maestro Classics ~ The Tortoise and the Hare

Slow and steady wins the race in this classic fable with a classical music twist!

Maestro Classics presents classical music for children in The Tortoise and the Hare.

From the website:
Wearing fancy running shoes, Hare begins the race and being far ahead stops at a small French bistro for something to eat. Tortoise, played by the contrabassoon, trudges along and proves that "Slow and steady wins the race."
Duration: 53:57 minutes Price: $16.98

Maestro Classics has several other "Stories in Music", such as Peter and the Wolf, Casey at the Bat and more.

This is a fun way to introduce great music and classic stories while helping kids develop listening skills. Conductor and Composer Stephen Simon has a unique ability to explain how to listen to music in an enjoyable way. You also learn some interesting facts about the history of Aesop's fables and his use of anthropomorphism (giving human characteristics to animals).

Inside the booklet that comes with the CD, we learned about:
  • instruments in an orchestra
  • whole notes, half notes, quarter notes and rests
  • measures
  • time signatures
We also learned fun facts such as the difference between a turtle and a tortoise, a rabbit and a hare, and why the fable is called the "Tortoise and the Hare" and not the "Turtle and the Rabbit."

The booklet also includes music and lyrics to sing along to the "Pretzel Vendor of Paris," a word jumble, crossword puzzle and more.

We truly had a lot of fun with this! If I had to sum my review up in two words, they would be: "A masterpiece!"

I received this product for free in exchange for my review as a member of the Crew. No further compensation was received and I offer my honest opinion. See my Disclosure Policy for more information.


  1. :) Nice review Chel! I am learning so much about products out there!

  2. It is a good thought when you are trying to do something that takes a long time.