THE NUTCRACKER by Sarah L. Thomson

THE NUTCRACKER

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A jolly nutcracker with his mouth wide open waves his sword and flag and seems ready to ride right off the cover in Hague’s version of this Christmas classic. This retelling uses the structure of the original story by Hoffman, retaining the name of Marie for the little girl, and adds some of the familiar elements from the ballet version of the story. Hague’s illustrations in pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencil set a dark and theatrical mood with deep jewel tones and rich velvet draperies framing several spreads. His Rat King is a fearsome fellow with seven heads and 14 glowing red eyes, but his sweet Sugar Plum Fairy dances with butterfly wings ornamenting her flower-petal costume. This retelling is too long for most preschoolers, but will serve as an introduction to the story or preparation before a performance for school-age children. An author’s note includes the history of the story and how it came to be a ballet. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 1-58717-254-2
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: SeaStar/Chronicle
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2003




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