This book takes the story of the Nutcracker Ballet and makes it easier for children to understand. The story starts with Clara and her family on Christmas Eve. They all decorate a ginormous Christmas tree in honor of the night’s festivities. The children talk in hushed voices as they speculate what they will receive on Christmas Day. They eventually open presents of life-size dancing dolls and performers. Clara’s uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer, gives Clara a special gift, the Nutcracker. Jealous of the gift, Clara’s brother Fritz breaks the doll’s jaw. Heartbroken, Clara falls asleep cradling the Nutcracker in her arms. As she sleeps she is whisked away to the land of Sweets. With a timeless story and beautiful illustrations, “The Nutcracker Ballet” is sure to be a great read for children of all ages!
-Recommended by Brian