My First Nutcracker

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Overview

E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic tale The Nutcracker has charmed generations of balletgoers, but in book form its plot can seem complicated. This picture book was created specifically for parents who want to introduce their youngest children to the basics of the story. The text is as engaging as it is accessible, and Linda Bronson's lush, candy-colored illustrations capture each magical scene, from the Nutcracker's triumphant battle with the Mouse King to Clara's transformation into a princess. Also included is an author's note about the history of the Nutcracker ballet. This holiday treat is the perfect way to set the stage for the enjoyment of a performance.
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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-An appropriate introduction to the story of the beloved ballet. The text is simplified, and the stylized illustrations are colorful and childlike with a contemporary feel. However, the elongated figures with exaggerated features will not be everyone's cup of tea. An author's note gives the history of the Tchaikovsky ballet and its origins in Hoffmann's story. Readers who want to read a longer version that is closer to the original may prefer the one translated by Ralph Manheim and illustrated by Maurice Sendak (Crown, 1991).-Virginia Walter, University of California, Los Angeles

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In an introductory note to adult readers, Peters describes the evolution of the story and later ballet that have developed into an annual holiday tradition for most American ballet companies. Because so many young children attend this ballet, Peters developed a simplified version of the ballet's story specifically to prepare youngsters for understanding a performance. The story is told in simple sentences with a clear plot line and delineation of the characters and their transformations. Short segments of dialogue interwoven into the text will also help young ballet fans understand the relationships between the characters. Bronson's bold, flowing illustrations with a modernistic flair are a departure from sugarplum-sweet versions of the story. Her Godfather Drosselmeyer and the fighting mice are a little scary, as they are in many stage versions of the ballet, which will also help prepare children for an actual performance. Bronson uses a palette of deep jewel tones, with each page set off by a darker border that suggests the proscenium arch of the theater stage. The spreads illustrating the Land of Sweets shift into brighter shades, with swirling accents that effectively indicate the dancers in motion. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525476870
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/13/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie True Peters is the author of the bestselling A Princess Primer. She lives with her family in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

Linda Bronson lives with her family in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

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