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The Nutcracker

by Karen Kain

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A pretty retelling of a well-known story written by a ballet dancer. This is the story of a brother and sister who share a dream on Christmas Eve about the sister's new Nutcracker toy coming to life and taking them to a fantastical world. The story is a little hard to follow and I might not recommend this book if it weren't for the artwork in it. The illustrations are gorgeous and they really bring the story to life. ( )
  arewald | Jun 29, 2010 |
My daughter is very familiar with the Nutcracker, and it was a pleasant surprise to see an edition that only touched on the scary beasts that come after the Nutcracker once. The paintings are gorgeous, it is certainly one of the prettiest editions I've seen. The story was a little bit all over the place and lacked flow, but regardless, my daughter enjoyed reading this book with me. ( )
  awriterspen | Mar 29, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 088776696X, Hardcover)

Misha and Marie are thrilled that Christmas is coming. It’s a frosty night, the neighbors are all invited, and Peter the stable boy is sweeping the barn in preparation for the dancing to come. But there’s a disappointment in store. Instead of the beautiful doll she’d hoped for, the only thing strange old Uncle Nikolai has for Marie is a wooden nutcracker. Marie thinks it’s a wonderful gift. Little does she know that it will lead her and her brother on the adventure of a lifetime.

When Misha and Marie finally go to bed on Christmas Eve, they sleep fitfully and are beset by nightmares. In one particularly bad dream, they join forces — unusual for the squabbling children — and conquer an army that might harm the nutcracker. Their reward is splendid: they are swept to the realm of the Snow Queen for a night of wonders.

James Kudelka, the Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada, is one of North America’s foremost dance artists. His vision of The Nutcracker is elegantly told by Karen Kain and beautifully rendered by artist Rajka Kupesic, herself a ballet dancer.

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After rescuing her Christmas nutcracker from an army of angry toys, Marie and her brother are rewarded by the nutcracker, now a prince, with a fantastic nighttime journey to a realm of dancing fairies, beautiful palaces, and wonderful things to eat.

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