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Overview

Adults as well as children look forward to attending an annual performance of The Nutcracker. To sweeten the anticipation and prolong the joy — or just to establish a lovely tradition—settle in with this charming retelling of a young girl's dreamy visit to the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy. The story is enhanced with magnificent color illustrations created especially for this edition by the late award-winning artist Don Daily. This high-quality, handsomely produced volume is destined for the permanent home library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762416332
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 07/17/2003
Edition description: Young Reader's ed.
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 776,512
Product dimensions: 10.25(w) x 13.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 6 - 18 Years

About the Author

E. T. A. Hoffman (1776-1822) was a short-story writer and novelist who ranked among the major figures of German romanticism. He was also a composer, designer, music critic, and a conductor of the Leipzig and Dresden operas. He is best known for creating the story of the Nutcracker, which was set to music by Peter Llyich Tchaikovsky in 1892, becoming an instant classic.

Table of Contents

Introductionix
Christmas Eve1
The Presents6
Marie's Favorite11
Strange Happenings15
The Battle27
Marie's Illness34
The Story of the Hard Nut41
The Story of the Hard Nut, Continued47
The Story of the Hard Nut, Concluded52
Uncle and Nephew60
Victory63
The Land of Dolls71
The Capital76
Conclusion95
Acknowledgments102

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Nutcracker 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
To me, this is the best version of the Nutcracker story, because it was based on the sets that Sendak did for the Nutcracker ballet (for the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company, in 1984, I think). The story is deftly told, and can keep the attention of even very young listeners, but, of course, the artwork is the star of this book (just as it was in the ballet).  Not everyone knows that Hoffman revered Mozart.  Sendak did.  Within the ballet, there is a vignette that feature Mozart's music, and within the book, there is a bust of Mozart prominently on a bookshelf.  I also love the book because the story of the hard nut is told (how the nephew first turned into a nutcracker).  And because, about two-thirds of the way through it, there are nine full pages of illustration without text.  Nine full pages of Sendak illustrations!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the full story of the gallant Nutcracker Prince, and revel in the magic of a delightful Christmas tradition.
book-babe-311 More than 1 year ago
I was very blessed to win this wonderful book from Goodreads Give-away! It was the wonderful and original story written by E.T.A. Hoffmann with breath taking illustrations by Maurice Sendak. This was honestly the first time I read the full story in it's entirety and what a wonderful fairy tale for any person who loves fairy tale stories! Magical and also makes a great Christmas read! I will be buying some of these as gifts for sure. Make sure to pick up your copy today! Thanks again for choosing me as the winner of such a great prize. My family will treasure it for years to come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently had the opportunity to review a copy of The Nutcracker.  This classic tale has been taken to new heights with the amazing and beautiful artwork of Maurice Sendak.  While it's a bit long for my two year old to sit through, it lovingly adorns his shelf and we can read bit and pieces of this holiday classic nightly this season.  The story is as beautifully translated as possible, but the it's the artwork that is the real star.  I can't wait until our little lady joins our family and both little ones are old enough to enjoy this beautiful story and handcrafted artwork!  If you're a fan of The Nutcracker, be sure to pick up a copy this season!
itvln02 More than 1 year ago
I requested this book so that I could read it to my daughter.  Since she is only two it was a slower process.  I was unexpectedly intrigued by the story, so I ended up reading ahead on my own.  I had seen the Nutcracker ballet, but the book provided many more details than the ballet.  I am excited to watch the ballet again after having read the true story.  The illustrations by Maurice Sendak  are absolutely beautiful. I look forward to reading this book over and over to my children through the coming years.  I highly recommend this book as a keepsake. More info Author bio I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago