Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I love that it is a tale from Norway and based on a play written in 1867!
In the Hall of the Mountain King
Adapted from Henrik Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt” and Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite” by Allison Miller Flannery
Illustrated by Vesper Stamper
34 pages – ages 5+
Published by Samizdat Publishing (2013)
Theme/Topic- Classical Music / folktale
Opening and Synopsis-
“In the country of Norway, a boy named Peer lived on the forest’s edge, where the trees and mountains are tall. His little house faced West so he could always see the sea.”
Peer goes on an adventure but ends up as an unwanted guest in the castle of the Mountain King! Peer must think fast to escape the king!
Why I liked this book- I really like Norwegian mythology and folktales so this book caught my attention. When I got it, I realized it also came with a music CD with Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite” on it! It is great to listen to the music and read Ms. Flannery’s adaptation of the story along with it. Even without the music, the story itself is a terrific tale of an adventurous boy. The water-color illustrations really add to the simple text and when you add the music, the whole story comes to life!
Activities and Resources-
I didn’t have to go too far for activities on this one! The music CD is an awesome activity! You can talk about how the music matches the story and have kids figure out what action is happening during different parts of the music.
There is also a section in the back of the book with questions to ask as the story is read with the music.
PLUS if you go to www.inthehallofthemountainking.com you can download coloring sheets and puppet characters!
To learn more about Ms. Flannery, please visit her website HERE.
HEY WAIT!!! Before you go – I have a winner to announce!
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