Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Picture Book Review: The Nutcracker
Written by: Stephanie Spinner
Illustrated by: Peter Malone
Published by: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
*My cousin invited me and my daughter to watch her daughter dance in The Nutcracker with her dance company. My daughter took dance for two years and decided that she didn't want to take lessons anymore. However, one of her favorite shows to watch is Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition and she still loves to dance around the house on her own. So, I knew that she'd love seeing a dance production live in person. However, I wanted her to be familiar with the story of The Nutcracker before she watched a dance performance of it. I didn't have a lot of time to put a book on hold so my husband brought home this version that he found at the library. To be honest, I hadn't read this story in ages so I myself was glad for the refresher! I'm not really familiar with different versions or adaptations of this story. I thought that Spinner does a decent job of telling the story. I didn't think that the illustrations were that eye-catching or engaging, especially for young children. I think the highlight of this book is the accompanying CD that comes along with it. We didn't play the CD until after we saw the dance. My daughter kept trying to remember which dances were done to the different songs.
This book was borrowed from the library.
Family Rating: 1 thumb up.
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