- Age Range: 3 - 5 years
- Grade Level: 1 - Kindergarten
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Dial Books (October 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803732856
- ISBN-13: 978-0803732858
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Nutcracker Hardcover – October 14, 2010
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K-Gr 3–Jay bases the illustrations for this classic tale on the Balanchine ballet. The smooth and somewhat abbreviated retelling is suitable for reading aloud, and the art created using oil paint on paper with crackling varnish evokes the ballet without being literal restagings. The cover depicts a snow globe with Clara and the prince being pulled in a sleigh through the Land of Snow, but that motif is not reflected in the interior illustrations. Most libraries have many versions of The Nutcracker in their collections; this one is handsome and acceptable if more editions are needed.Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
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One of the loveliest picture books based on Hoffman’s story, which inspired the familiar ballet The Nutcracker, this volume offers lively illustrations and a concise, smoothly written version of the dreamlike tale. On Christmas Eve, Godfather Drosselmeyer presents Clara with a nutcracker soldier, but her brother breaks it. After she falls asleep, the Nutcracker comes to life and defeats the menacing Mouse King and his army. The Nutcracker, transformed into the Prince, takes Clara to a feast at his castle, where dancers entertain them. Clara awakens at home to find that the wooden nutcracker is now whole again. Painting in oils with a crackled varnish finish, Jay creates warm, opulent indoor settings and cool, beautiful outdoor scenes. The characters move through them with grace and elegance. A fine interpretation of this familiar tale. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan