NUTCRACKER


NUTCRACKER

E.T.A. HOFFMANN    Book Number: 86683    Product format: Unknown

Illustrated by the wonderful and award-winning children's book illustrator Robert Ingpen in delicate pencil drawings and coloured, atmospheric illustrations, this big publication was published to celebrate 200 years of The Nutcracker. Well-loved by many, it is perhaps best known as the inspiration for Tchaikovsky's famous ballet, performed as a Christmas favourite. It was based on a French retelling of the story, and Hoffmann's German original is rarely translated in its entirety. This version includes the familiar tale of the gentle young girl and her love of the enchanted Nutcracker, a Christmas gift from her enigmatic Godfather Drosselmeier, who leads the toy soldiers in a dramatic battle against the sinister Mouse King, and whisks her away to the Kingdom of Toys. It also retains the original story within the story told to Marie by Drosselmeier when she is ill in bed - The Tale of the Hard Nut, about the cursed Princess Pirlipat, which explains the background of how the poor Nutcracker came to be. 'Marie kept gazing at the dear little man, whom she had loved at first sight, and she saw what a kind face he had. His pale-green, slightly protuberant eyes expressed nothing but friendliness and goodwill. And the neat white cotton-wool beard on his chin suited this little man very well, setting off the sweet smile of his bright-red mouth.' New translation, 70 wonderful illustrations which are deliciously quirky and magical. A volume to enthral young readers aged seven to adult. 144 large pages.
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Published price: £16.99
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ISBN 9781783704859
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