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The Nutcracker Ballet

by Vladimir Vagin


Scholastic Paperbacks
October 2002


Fiction
Ages 4 – 6 . Grades PreK – 1

Library of Congress: N/A


Lexile measure: 490L

DRA: 20

Guided Reading: L

SRCQuiz


It's Christmas Eve in 19th century Europe. And on this magical evening, young Clara's eccentric godfather has given her a beautiful wooden nutcracker.

As midnight strikes, Clara's wooden toy transforms into a handsome prince, and Christmas quickly becomes even more enchanting. The prince takes Clara on a romantic overnight adventure into a dream world of delicacies called the Land of Sweets.

Clara's adventure ends as she wakes up snuggly tucked in her bed. As she embraces her nutcracker, she realizes that the best part of Christmas...is the magic it brings.

SELECT REVIEWS:

  • "Vagin's ability to capture the flavor of the different cultures reflected in the various dances lends credibility and appeal to his version of the story. Children will pore over the details in the Christmas tree decorations, costumes, architecture, and landscapes and always discover something new." – Booklist

    "A new and attractive rendition of a perennial favorite" - SLJ

    "...Vagin's lush illustrations take playful liberties with perspective and echo the illusory nature of Tchaikovsky's ballet." - PW

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ISBN: 9780439081856

32pp. | 9 x 12