This is a great, easy version of a story that the kids will probably come across every year. For young kids, this would be a good way to introduce the ballet. Even if they don’t have the opportunity to see the ballet, this is a Margaret Hillert book. There’s no way it won’t be checked out year round. Netgalley, March 2017
This classic Christmas story is modified by the author for the beginning reader to enjoy. A beautiful little girl is given a Nutcracker as a present and she lovingly sets him on a shelf along with her other favourite toys to keep him safe from harm. During the night she hears a commotion and discovers her valiant Nutcracker is being attacked by a band of evil Mice. She defends him with her slipper and magically he turns into a real live prince.
He swoops her off in his flying sled and together they visit a wonderland where the Snow King and Queen, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and waltzing flowers reside. They dance together, sample endless festive foods and have a joyous time. He escorts her safely back to her bed and bids her adieu but before she falls asleep she gathers up her coveted wooden Nutcracker-Prince and hugs him tightly to herself as she drifts off to sleep once again.
This timeless tale will certainly be a lovely Christmas read for your child. The illustrations are vintage and wrap the words up in fairytale hues. The colour pallet is masterful. I am positive that this book will be one that you will love to add to your Christmas stories collection. 5.5 NetGalley December 2016