The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

 
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The Nutcracker
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4+
Release Date
October 01, 2003
ISBN
081184837X
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Adventure, fantasy, romance ... a world full of toys and sweets ... and, of course, Christmas—these are the hallmarks of this timeless story, brought theatrically to life by one of America's favorite illustrators. It is the unforgettable dream of a peculiar Christmas gift—a nutcracker that leads a young girl into a magical realm, where she boldly helps save a boy living under an evil curse. This elegant retelling combines E. T. A. Hoffman's original version with beloved elements of the ballet in a readable picture book format. Michael Hague, celebrated for his lavish interpretations of classics, now makes this tale accessible to a new generation. From the sweeping drama of the battle scene to the magnificent illusions of rich, draped fabrics, every detail will be cherished.

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A Cherished Gift

Reader reviewed by Linda Johnson

     One year at a large Christmas celebration a boy and girl received special gifts from their godfather who came to visit.
     The girl received a doll that was a nutcracker. She loved her gift. Her godfather told them a tale about it.
     She didn' t want her brother to play with the nutcracker out of fear that he would break it. Her brother, Fritz, tried to crack a nut and broke it.
     The nutcracker was placed in a cupboard of toys.
     Marie, the girl, went downstairs in the night to sleep by the cupboard. She had a dream in the night with the nutcracker in it.
     The next day she woke up to see her mother who found her asleep by the toy cupboard.
     Her godfather came to visit to mend the toy. He brought his nephew with him.
     Many years later Marie married Frederick, her godfather' s nephew.
     This is a famous story. It is special that a heartbroken girl can become a happy girl again. She cherished her gift that was given to her by their godfather.
     Children would like this book. They like storytelling. The tale from the godfather and Marie' s dream would be of interest to them.
     Teens would like to read a famous story.
     Storytelling can be intertwined with a dream and become a lesson learned in life.
     Love can be beautiful in feeling with special items or a look in one' s eyes. A doll that is not handsome can be loved as a special gift.
     A terrible story can be a terrible dream.
     Sadness can be helped to become happiness.
     This is a good story about a gift for a child and things that can happen when a toy is shared. Excitement ensues and things happen that can be remedied.
     Love can be shattered and then be brought back again.
     This story is written in the order that it happened. It is a flowing story.
     The book is valuable in a lesson learned through sharing a toy. It has a tale told by the godfather and a dream in relation to it. The girl finds happiness in the end.
     I have known of The Nutcracker as a famous story. I have seen advertisements of The Nutcracker as a ballet.
     I have had toys come and go with age. I had special toys and shared all of them. I still have memories of them. I have known of special toys to others and shared them.
     The author' s work is deserving of a standing ovation. He has illustrated more than twenty children' s classics.
     The story is very famous. I have read many good stories recommended by others, because they are famous and because the title looks good.
     I like the book. I like reading about tales. Dreams are an added interest. I am interested in famous works. This was a short story to read. It didn' t take long. It was interesting.
    

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A Cherished Gift

Reader reviewed by Linda Johnson

     One year at a large Christmas celebration a boy and girl received special gifts from their godfather who came to visit.
     The girl received a doll that was a nutcracker. She loved her gift. Her godfather told them a tale about it.
     She didn' t want her brother to play with the nutcracker out of fear that he would break it. Her brother, Fritz, tried to crack a nut and broke it.
     The nutcracker was placed in a cupboard of toys.
     Marie, the girl, went downstairs in the night to sleep by the cupboard. She had a dream in the night with the nutcracker in it.
     The next day she woke up to see her mother who found her asleep by the toy cupboard.
     Her godfather came to visit to mend the toy. He brought his nephew with him.
     Many years later Marie married Frederick, her godfather' s nephew.
     This is a famous story. It is special that a heartbroken girl can become a happy girl again. She cherished her gift that was given to her by their godfather.
     Children would like this book. They like storytelling. The tale from the godfather and Marie' s dream would be of interest to them.
     Teens would like to read a famous story.
     Storytelling can be intertwined with a dream and become a lesson learned in life.
     Love can be beautiful in feeling with special items or a look in one' s eyes. A doll that is not handsome can be loved as a special gift.
     A terrible story can be a terrible dream.
     Sadness can be helped to become happiness.
     This is a good story about a gift for a child and things that can happen when a toy is shared. Excitement ensues and things happen that can be remedied.
     Love can be shattered and then be brought back again.
     This story is written in the order that it happened. It is a flowing story.
     The book is valuable in a lesson learned through sharing a toy. It has a tale told by the godfather and a dream in relation to it. The girl finds happiness in the end.
     I have known of The Nutcracker as a famous story. I have seen advertisements of The Nutcracker as a ballet.
     I have had toys come and go with age. I had special toys and shared all of them. I still have memories of them. I have known of special toys to others and shared them.
     The author' s work is deserving of a standing ovation. He has illustrated more than twenty children' s classics.
     The story is very famous. I have read many good stories recommended by others, because they are famous and because the title looks good.
     I like the book. I like reading about tales. Dreams are an added interest. I am interested in famous works. This was a short story to read. It didn' t take long. It was interesting.
    

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