The Nutcracker

Hardcover | October 15, 1999

byJanet Schulman

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Each December, generations of children delight in the ballet version of the quintessential Christmas story The Nutcracker. But few have had the opportunity to revel in the richly detailed original tale. Now, in this glorious new edition, acclaimed children's book author and editor Janet Schulman returns to the source'E.T.A. Hoffmann's “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice.” Here we meet Marie, her Nutcracker, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and all the other delightful characters, and we discover the answers to questions left unanswered by the ballet, like why the Nutcracker and the King of Mice were enemies.

Artist Renée Graef adds her own enchantment with stunning, jewellike paintings that bring the story thrillingly to life. As an added bonus, this must-have Christmas gift also includes a free audio CD with Tchaikovsky's inimitable musical score and a reading of the complete story by actress Claire Bloom.

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One Christmas after hearing how the nutcracker got his ugly face, a little girl helps break the spell and watches him change into a handsome prince

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Each December, generations of children delight in the ballet version of the quintessential Christmas story The Nutcracker. But few have had the opportunity to revel in the richly detailed original tale. Now, in this glorious new edition, acclaimed children's book author and editor Janet Schulman returns to the source'E.T.A. Hoffmann's...

Janet Schulman has worked in children's book publishing for nearly forty years and is currently Editor-at-Large and Division Vice President of Random House and Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. She is the author of many books for children and is the editor of The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury: Celebrated Picture Books an...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.25 inPublished:October 15, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060278145

ISBN - 13:9780060278144

Appropriate for ages: 4 - 8

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One Christmas after hearing how the nutcracker got his ugly face, a little girl helps break the spell and watches him change into a handsome prince

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"Each Christmas brings a new retelling of this favorite holiday story, and this year's is one of the best. The book comes with a CD narrated by Claire Bloom and music by Tchaikovsky. Schulman has made the traditional tale new once more. The frightful seven-headed Mouse King leads an attack against the toy army commanded by the Nutcracker. For the first time we learn that the mice and the Nutcracker are enemies because of an ancient mouse curse. The drawings, based on 19th Century German art, are warmly done in holiday colors of red, gold and green." (California Kids! Family Fun Guide, 9/99)