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Outline ReviewIn their lavish adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's original story about the cursed nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas, paper engineer artists David and Noelle Carter create a marvelously theatrical setting that will have young readers shouting "bravo" in wonder and smitten delight. In the classic multilayered tale, the ugly wooden nutcracker fights a fierce battle with the evil seven-headed mouse king, then takes young Marie, the girl who was kind to him when he was broken, on a magical tour of Christmas Wood and Candytown. By earning Marie's love, the spell over the nutcracker is broken--he turns back into a prince and marries Marie.
Every child should experience the holiday tradition of The Nutcracker; for those who are too squirmy to sit through an entire production of Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker Suite, this elaborate pop-up is a gratifying, three-dimensional introduction to the fanciful holiday story. David Carter is a master of pop-up art, as evidenced in The 12 Bugs of Christmas, Jingle Bugs, Giggle Bugs, and his many other extraordinary books. (Ages 4 to 7) --Emilie Coulter
David and Noelle Carter have created a lavish adaptation of the classic Nutcracker story, complete with scenes reminiscent of theater sets, lush jewel-toned artwork, and spectacular paper engineering. Children of all ages will cherish this exquisite pop-up for generations to come.
The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition for children and adults alike. There are several versions of this Christmas tale, and most people are familiar with the simple adaptation for the ballet. The original, written by E. T. A. Hoffman, presents a more intriguing and complex story featuring a seven-headed Mouse King, the curse of the Hard Nut, and Princess Pirlipat. We hope you enjoy our version of the wonderful original Nutcracker story.
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