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Summary: This is an imaginative and artistic retelling of the classic Nutcracker tale. This is a perfect book to read before taking a child to see The Nutcracker, or simply in preparation for Christmas.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 8 and up
Interest Level: 5 to 9
Age of Child: Read with children, 3, 6 and 13 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: This book did not keep the attention of the preschooler or the first grader. The pictures were too abstract and the story too prolonged. However, the 13 year old found it enchanting and thought it would be fun to read around Christmas. It made him/her want to see the Ballet version.
Adult Reader Reaction: This book is a beautiful--a wonderful addition to any Christmas book treasury. That said, the poetic language makes it slow going.
Pros: A uniquely illustrated book perfect for introducing children to the sights they will see at the ballet.
Cons: The translation is a bit rough and takes some figuring out.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. As your children grow, they will move from being wowed by the illustrations to appreciating the story.