Playing by the book

Reviews of kids' books and the crazy, fun stuff they inspire us to do

Beautiful books inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker

Today’s Picture Book Month theme is Music and given the approaching season I couldn’t resist looking at a couple of books to go with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker: Ella Bella Ballerina and the Nutcracker by James Mayhew, and Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffman, translated by Ralph Manheim, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Having introduced us to Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella […]

Stories in Tune – The Nutcracker – Part 1

Just in time for Christmas, today I bring you a series of reviews of picture book versions of The Nutcracker as part of my series Stories in Tune. The Nutcracker ballet, with music written by Tchaikovsky and a libretto adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”, could barely be more appealing […]

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