THE NUTCRACKER by AnnMarie Anderson

THE NUTCRACKER

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Age Range: 5 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Adults preparing children for a performance of this popular holiday ballet often find themselves seeking a simplified adaptation of the story. This retelling, which is based on the Balanchine version of the ballet, is intended to be short enough to read through at one sitting, but the text is still too long and a little too complex for most younger children. Jay’s delicate oil paintings are done with her signature folk-art–style crackled overglaze. The characters, especially young Clara, seem more like old-fashioned dolls posed in scenes than real people or even real dancers performing a ballet. The muted colors, period costumes and large scenes filled with tiny dancers, while attractive, create an unfortunate distancing effect. Still doesn't fit the bill for ballet prep—Susan Jeffers's Nutcracker (2007) is the gold standard for this purpose. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3285-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2010




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