Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann - Book Review

Many of us are familiar with the Christmas story of the Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffmann.  A beautiful ballet that follows a little girl, Clara and her adventures when her Christmas present from her uncle comes alive, a handsome Nutcracker.  Clara and her Nutcracker visit a world where animals come to life, candy dances and the Sugar Plum fairy enchants. 

In this edition of the Nutcracker artist Maurice Sendak (you may recognize his style from other famous books such as Where The Wild Things Are or Little Bear) teams up with translator Ralph Manheim to produce this fabulous illustrated edition of The Nutcracker.  An introduction by Maurice Sendak gives reader insight into the artists life and work.

I liked this edition very much because it is broken down into manageable chapters, perfect for reading aloud with young children and is dotted throughout with colorful illustrations.  It takes a ballet (which, of course has no words or narrations) and makes the story easy to follow and understand.  After reading the Nutcracker I was so bummed to find out that our local ballet companies have already finished their performances for the year!  My 6 yr old would have loved to go!  So would I!

With 14 Chapters (102 pages), this lovely hardback book would make a great addition to any ballet lovers library!  Nutcracker retails for $24.95 on RandomHouse.com.

Disclaimer:  I received Nutcracker free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed herein are my own.

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