• Yana Sedova’s artwork is masterful, capturing the spirit of this whimsical tale in beautiful compositions.
• A version of the Nutcracker that holds more closely to the original story, adapted for younger readers.
• Includes an informative afterword that explains the history of how Tchaikovsky’s well-known ballet differs from Hoffmann’s original tale.
The story of the Nutcracker made its debut 200 years ago in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s brilliant romantic tale. Yet, while the story of the toy that comes to life has become well known through Tchaikovsky's famous ballet adaptation, few are familiar with Hoffmann’s original story. Here is a retelling of the original story for young readers, paired with Yana Sedova’s beautifully sumptuous artwork, full of delicious details you’ll want to pore over again and again. This is a perfect celebration of the magic of the Christmas season for young and old alike.