Item description for The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers...
Overview An abridged version of the story of Marie Stahlbaum, who helps break the spell on her toy nutcracker and watches him change into a handsome prince.
New York Times bestselling artist Susan Jeffers has created a Nutcracker unlike any that has gone before, with a lovely spare text based on the ballet.
This is the perfect gift to share with children before they see The Nutcracker. Everyone who has seen the ballet will cherish it--as will anyone who enjoys stories where love triumphs.
Come, take a front-row seat. The world's most beloved holiday fairy tale is about to begin.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1376
School Library Journal - 10/01/2007 page 100
Publishers Weekly - 10/22/2007 page 52
Kirkus Review - Children - 11/01/2007 page 1158
Booklist - 09/15/2007 page 68
Newsweek - 12/24/2007 page 62
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2008
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.31" Width: 9.8" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0060743867 ISBN13 9780060743864
Availability 0 units.
More About Susan Jeffers
Susan Jeffers is the illustrator of such distinguished picture books as Three Jovial Huntsmen, a Caldecott Honor book; Rachel Field's Hitty; and the ABBY Award-winning Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, which was also a New York Times besteller. She lives in New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Nutcracker?
THE MOST GORGEOUS NUTCRACKER EVER Feb 10, 2010
This is the most lush and beautiful Nutcracker of them all! Susan Jeffers's meticulous attention to detail of period costume, architecture, decor and furnishing transports you to an elegant time and place that defies description.
Beyond that, her ability to create worlds of imagination that radiate sheer beauty take your breath away on each turn of the page.
This should be the standard Nutcracker book for every child.
Simple, well-written, uncomplicated, elegant version Jan 21, 2010
After sitting down at a local bookstore and comparing about a dozen different versions of the Nutcracker, I chose this book as being the most appropriate for my 3 year old daughter. It is simple, well-written, uncomplicated, elegant, and yes, my daughter loved it. To this day, it is her favorite book.
The perfect version for young children! Dec 22, 2009
I had recently bought tickets for my 5 year old son and me to attend our town's local "Nutcracker" performance, and thought that it would be even more enjoyable for him if he knew the story-line. So, I ventured into my local bookstore to search amongst the various "Nutcracker" books. Maurice Sendak's illustrated version had always been a favorite of mine growing up, but I knew that it would be a bit too long and complicated for my objective. Finally, I discovered Susan Jeffers' book, and was immediately struck by the gorgeous illustration of Marie (Clara) holding her beloved Nutcracker on the cover. As I opened the book and turned the pages, I knew I had found "the one." The story is simple and well-written, with no more than a paragraph per page (or two). It also follows the "Nutcracker" ballet adventure, which is perfect for little ones who have seen or will see it performed on stage. Above all, the illustrations are purely breathtaking! It is a pleasure to view each page! My son and I saw the ballet yesterday, and I truly feel that he was more engaged because he was familiar with this wonderful tale! Not to mention, Susan Jeffers' "Nutcracker" has been our favorite read for the past several nights! I definitely recommend this book if you have children ages 3-12, and especially if you will be attending the ballet!
Lovely but not perfect Oct 23, 2009
The illustrations are lovely, but the story has been slightly oversimplified. It is also confusing that the little girl is called Marie instead of Clara. I am still looking for the perfect Nutcracker book...
The best Nutcracker book for young children Jul 13, 2009
I got this book for my then 18 month old daughter last Christmas (because I love ballet and hope she will too). This turned out to be the best purchase I have ever made for her. The book accurately follows the original story by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The text is just short enough to keep a little ones attention and long enough to tell the whole story. The pictures are beautifully detailed and allow the reader to see something new with each reading, something that little children love. The pictures are definitely not gory or gruesome (the toy soldiers cannons are shooting candy!), nor is the text describing the action. There is really only one two-page spread that shows the battle with actual "fighting" (which is only two mice each running off with a toy soldier and the candy are being fired from the cannon). The next spread is prodimately Marie throwing her slipper at the mouse king (my daughter's favorite picture). The next picture shows the mice dragging their dead or injured (the text doesn't say and the picture isn't obvious) king under the tree as Marie grabs the nutcracker-turned-prince's hands.
The only negative thing about the book, for me, is that the dance of the sweets are all lumped together on one spread. As I was reading it I became excited to see what the pictures of the sweets would look like, but was disappointed to see that they were all together and in the distance, so there was little detailed. I had high hopes, so I was disappointed, but it doesn't take away from the overall book. And my daughter loved this book from the first read through and still does. As a result of her absolute love for this book, I purchased the DVD of the New York City Ballet's performance of it, which she also loves.
This is a wonderful book on its own, but it would be a particularly terrific introduction to ballet in general or just the Nutcracker. I highly recommend it!