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The Nutcracker

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  272 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
On Christmas Eve, Clara receives from her godfather a large wooden nutcracker, and during the night the nutcracker magically turns into a handsome prince. This is the charming story of a beautiful girl who is whisked away to the Land of Sweets to dance beside colorful fairies and blooming flowers. The Nutcracker is a timeless story for children of all ages.
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published December 28th 1995 by Western Publishing Co. (first published 1991)
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Julia Brumfield
Oct 17, 2016 Julia Brumfield rated it really liked it
This has always been one of my favorite versions of "The Nutcracker" since not only the pictures are beautifully done mostly in light airy colors but also since of the realistic values of them as well. Although it is based on the ballet and the same grace cannot be conveyed through the written word, the actual core of the story is beautifully captured.

The reading is good enough for young readers who are on a competent reading level although with Herr Drosselmeyer's name they made some help wit
Nov 27, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing
First sentence: Once there was a little girl named Clara whose family was having a wonderful party on Christmas Eve.

Premise/plot: Rita Balducci adapts the story of the Nutcracker for a Little Golden Book. The illustrations are by Barbara Lanza.

My thoughts: This one avoids being text heavy. The adaptation is just right. It isn't too simple. It isn't too complicated. There are enough illustrations to balance the text. And the pacing seems really well done perhaps because there are just a handful
Kimberly Karalius
Oct 09, 2016 Kimberly Karalius rated it it was amazing
I read this version a million times since I was a kid. Magical and nostalgic!
Anther wonderful book that helps to teach setting. The varied settings throughout the book help take students on a fantastic journey. The settings take place in something of a real world as well as a fantasy world and helps students with the concept that the setting of a story can change according to what the writer wants to happen. The illustrations help the students to understand a shift from reality to fantasy.
Dec 12, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I usually review children's book based more on what my children think of the book and less on what I think of the book...

Why do four boys love the Nutcracker? Your guess is as good as mine but they do!
Katie Loucks
My sister was in the ballet - I've always loved the different versions of this!
Dec 28, 2008 Analee rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Like this story but I think I would enjoy a different version. This was way too simplified. Afton really liked it.
Dec 30, 2016 Grace rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Wasn't as good as I thought it would be!
Dec 05, 2015 Cassidy rated it liked it
My daughter has asked for this one three times since bringing it home from the library yesterday. A shorter version than I would like to own, but a sweet read nonetheless.
Kelsey Nauert
Nov 17, 2011 Kelsey Nauert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, folklore
The classic story of the Nutcracker. The illustrations show lots of detail, which will interest students. This can be read around Christmas time.
Oct 10, 2016 Auggie rated it really liked it
Read to my son.

A short and sweet retelling of the Nutcrackerr. Lovely illustrations.
Dec 07, 2014 Chels rated it it was amazing
This was great for the fact that it was short enough to keep my kids attention.
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