Publication Date: October 14, 2008
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THE NUTCRACKER IS A Christmas tradition, and for most children it is their introduction to ballet. Here, in one beautifully illustrated book, is the story of the ballet and a 78-minute CD of Tchaikovsky’s music performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra. Stephanie Spinner has written a brief, lyrical text about the little girl, Maria, and her Christmas gift of a wooden nutcracker doll who is transformed into a young prince. Together they fly to the Land of Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy entertains them with lively and exotic dances from around the world. Peter Malone's exquisite illustrations capture all the magic of the beloved Christmastime ballet.
Stephanie Spinner is the author of many highly praised children’s books ranging from It’s a Miracle! A Hanukkah Storybook (Schwartz/Athenaeum) and the Step-Up Classic Dracula to the middle-grade novel Aliens for Breakfast (with John Etra), and Quiver, Quicksilver, and Damosel, young adult retellings of myths. She lives in Sherman, Connecticut.
Peter Malone illustrated the Knopf edition of Peter and the Wolf, also with a CD and in the same format as The Nutcracker. His illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker and on British Royal Mail stamps. He lives in Oxford, England.
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