Tuesday, December 13, 2016

THE NUTCRACKER Illustrated by: Valeria Docampo / Book Review

Illustrated by: Valeria Docamp
Based on: The New York City Ballet production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker 
Published by: Little Simon
Released on: November 15th, 2016
Ages: 4 & up
Rating: 5 Owlets - We Loved It
Purchase from: Simon & SchusterAmazon | B&N
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The New York City Ballet presents a classic ballet tale for a modern ballet lover with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, a holiday favorite.

The New York City Ballet is known for showcasing classic stories of the ballet with their trademark stylish and modern sensibility. For the first time, this beloved holiday story is told based on George Balanchine’s quintessential production. The storyline of this gorgeous picture book mimics the choreography of the famous ballet and the illustrations are inspired by the backdrops and scenery from the actual production.

The New York City Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker is considered to be “the” leading production in the world. A holiday tradition for many families, now readers who can’t travel to New York will be able to experience this colorful celebratory story. A must-have for every aspiring ballerina’s library and a holiday tradition for every family’s bookshelf.

Based on the NYC ballet production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, this beautifully illustrated picture book is the play brought to life on page. Not only does it tell the story of The Nutcracker play, there is also fun facts on the play and the history of this particular play featured in the back of the book. 
I've always wanted to The Nutcracker performance by the NYC Ballet, and this book is the next best thing to that. This is a timeless treasure worth picking up this holiday season. I can see this book being read Christmas season after Christmas. We absolutely loved reading this and recommend picking it up!

THE NUTCRACKER by Jack and Holman Wang / Book Review

By: Jack and Holman Wang
Published by: Chronicle Books
Released on: September 6th, 2016
Series: Cozy Classics
Ages: 2 & up
Rating: 4 Owlets
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A copy of this book was provided from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

In E. T. A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker, marvel at Maria's favorite gift, cheer as she defeats the Mouse King, and journey to the magical Land of Sweets. It's a festive first words primer for your literary little one!

Cuddle up with a classic! Teach your child simple words, concepts and stories and an appreciation of the classics! In each book, twelve adorable needle-felted scenes and twelve child-friendly words capture the essence of a beloved masterpiece. 

Jack and Holman Wang bring to life E. T. A. Hoffman's classic Christmas story, The Nutcrackerwith their signature needle felted scenes. Featuring twelve needle felted scenes, each image captures the timeless story with beautiful imagery that even the youngest of readers will enjoy looking at. Accompanied on the opposite page of each picture, is one bolded word that helps bring the story to life. Words such as gift, sleep, mouse, go, snow, love, and more. This book is perfect for little hands, and short attention spans. This board book retelling of The Nutcracker is worth picking up this holiday season.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~