Anyone can make up a story. It's the easiest thing in the world.
I mean, just think how many people in the world have written a really brilliant story.
That's hardly anyone, isn't it.
So...could there possibly be something wrong with my reasoning somewhere?
Anyway, Peter and the Wolf. This is a story written by a celebrity, the very famous composer Sergei Prokofiev: and, as we know, stories written by celebrities are nearly always extremely profitable disasters.
Sergei Prokofiev wrote the story (and the music that went with it) in just a couple of weeks. He'd just returned home to the Soviet Union after many years away, and the mixture of memories of his childhood and a request from a Moscow children's theatre inspired a story about a house in the forest and a very naughty boy.
Peter and the Wolf is designed to introduce various musical instruments as well as tell a story. I'm particularly fond of the bassoon that plays the part of the Grandfather because, obviously, all music is more fun if it has a bassoon in it.
I have mixed feelings about Peter and the Wolf. Peter's tune is really rather annoyingly cheerful, and the duck's fate* still worries me even now.
I'm glad that the brave, foolish, disobedient boy hero wins the day, though.
Word To Use Today: wolf. This word comes from the Old English wulf, and long before that from the Latin word lupus.
Wolf should mean dog, really, shouldn't it, because that's what they say: wolf wolf!
*An even worse fate than just being wolfed down.