This is the perfect gift to share with children before they see The Nutcracker. Everyone who has seen the ballet will cherish it--as will anyone who enjoys stories where love triumphs.
Come, take a front-row seat. The world...more
On the one hand, the illustrations were simply wonderful, and the author did a good job of summarizing the story for little ones to enjoy. I also appreciated that the author chose to incorporate ballet into the storyline. This may seem inconsequential, but since the ballet is so well-known, beloved (and often a child’s first introduction to the story), it was a nice touch.
On the other hand, in the process of summarizing the story for young child ...more
Genre: Picture Book
This was a great adaption of "The Nutcracker" story. In the author's note in the back, Jeffers wrote that one of her purposes for writing this book was to create a less lengthy version of the story that could easily be read to a child. I think that Jeffers met this goal really well while staying true to the story. I love the length because it makes it possible for me to introduce "The Nutcracker" to my music students and complete a lesson within one or two 30 mi ...more
I discovered this book for sale at a souvenir stand where our girls and I had just seen a performance of the Nutcracker, and so I browsed through the book while our girls ooh'd and ahh'd at the Nutcrackers, ballerina figurines, tiaras, and such.
It's a great book to read to children so they can understand the sto ...more
I would have adored this growing up and I am promising myself to keep it safe so that one day, maybe my own future kids will enjoy it.
Premise/plot: An age-appropriate retelling of the Nutcracker ballet. In the author's note, Jeffers mentions that while there are plenty of Nutcracker adaptations and retellings, they tend to be very text-heavy. Her book seeks to tell the familiar story of the ballet in a way that you could actually share it with young children.
The Nutcracker is a lovely Christmas fairytale! The artwork is beautiful in this edition. Unfortunately this picture book doesn't translate to an ebook very well. The print is too small and it isn't easy to enlarge the text. Despite the tiny font it was still a nice book to read with my daughter. ...more
In a crowded room of Nutcracker books, this one is a stand-out.
Genre: Traditional Literature
This picture book version of the Nutcracker Ballet contains a brief retelling of this enchanting tale. The illustrations will secure it it's rightful place amidst the Christmas seasons best books. ...more
Graduate of Pratt Institute 1964
Worked in the publishing field for three years
Began freelance career in 1968
Published first children's book in 1970
Golden Apple Biennial Bratislava
The ABBY American Booksellers Best Book award
Society of Illustrators Awards of Merit
Golden Kite Society of Children's Books Author Illustrators ...more