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The Nutcracker Ballet

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
This beautifully illustrated adaptation of the Nutcracker delivers timeless magic and wonder right to your fingertips. A paperback edition offers front-row tickets to this beloved holiday tradition.

It's Christmas Eve in 19th century Europe. And on this magical evening, young Clara's eccentric godfather has given her a beautiful wooden nutcracker.

As midnight strikes, Clara'
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Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published October 1st 1995)
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Shell
Dec 09, 2016 Shell rated it really liked it
My favourite ballet. Christmas just isnt the same without it
Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School

This gorgeously illustrated book tells the story of the Nutcracker ballet in a magical and kid friendly way. Children will delight in hearing how Clara’s godfather presents her with a magical nutcracker who saves her from the mouse king and then whisks her off to his kingdom in the land of sweets where he transforms into a prince. Parents will hear the music to the ballet ringing in their heads as they read and enjoy the pictures with their children.

Alyssa (The Shady Glade)
As the name suggests, this adaptation of the nutcracker follows the ballet rather than the original story. The text is not really anything special, but I loved the intricacies of Vagin's illustrations.
Mandy
Jan 03, 2009 Mandy rated it really liked it
This was a fun one this Christmas. First we watched the ballet, then the girls danced to the music themselves, then we read the book (that probably should have been first), then Santa brought them their own Nutcrackers for Christmas.
Alicia
Another one with gorgeous illustrations! It was another favorite of mine, actually :) We borrowed several versions from the library so we could know the story before going to see the performance.
Liz
Dec 24, 2015 Liz rated it it was amazing
I think I've read this book every year at Christmastime since I got it in 2002. It's delightful, and full of energy and imagination. It's perfect for Christmas Eve. Read again 12/24/15
Anajoy-rusticgirl
Mar 09, 2010 Anajoy-rusticgirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read for Composer/Musical study to little sisters and brother, they loved the outline of the story, and the pictures especially.
Alice
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Marcus
Dec 22, 2016 Marcus marked it as to-read
Read IT ! jvjsbvboibujsbjnjbfvis bsnjsndj
Anna
Apr 30, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing
A Christmas childhood favorite.
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Danni
Nov 09, 2011 Danni rated it really liked it
I like the nutcracker ballet as long as I am not watching it. The book was cool though.
Kaavya Jethwa
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Jan 15, 2013
Julie Hedlund
Julie Hedlund rated it it was amazing
Sep 27, 2010
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Junessa
Jan 31, 2015 Junessa rated it really liked it
Good to read as explanation for what goes on in the ballet. Good for children.
Stacy
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