The NutcrackerSet in the Victorian times, this version of the Nutcracker is a beautiful, simple introduction to the story and the ballet. Jeffer's illustrations bring alive a sense of wonder and enchantment. The soft hues and intricate details will draw young children into the story. She captures the excitement and emotional tenor of the story in a way that captivates audiences. The simple text clearly explains the gift of the Nutcracker at the Christmas party, the Nutcracker's fight with the Mouse King, and Marie's magical journey with the prince. With just a few lines on each page, this is a perfect introduction for young children.
by Susan Jeffers
NY: HarperCollins, 2007
ages 4 - 7
Susan Jeffers wrote about creating the artwork for this story:
What I love is the combination of fantasy and reality, taking the dancers and making them into snow and lifting them into the air. In the actual ballet the music and the beauty of the dance transport the audience to dreamland. I wanted the book to have the same feeling.Here is a spread from The Nutcracker, when Marie and the prince begin their journey to the land of the sweets.
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