Each December, generations of children delight in the ballet version of the quintessential Christmas story The Nutcracker. But few have had the opportunity to revel in the richly detailed original tale. Now, in this glorious new edition, acclaimed children's book author and editor Janet Schulman returns to the source'E.T.A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the King of Mice. Here we meet Marie, her Nutcracker, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and all the other delightful characters, and we discover the answers to questions left unanswered by the ballet, like why the Nutcracker and the King of Mice were enemies.
Artist Renée Graef adds her own enchantment with stunning, jewellike paintings that bring the story thrillingly to life. As an added bonus, this must-have Christmas gift also includes a free audio CD with Tchaikovsky's inimitable musical score and a reading of the complete story by actress Claire Bloom.
About the Author
Hoffmann wurde am 24.1.1776 in Konigsberg geboren. Sein Vater war Advokat. Nach dem Gymnasium in Konigsberg studierte er von 1792-1795 Jura. Als Referendar arbeitete er 1796 in Glogau und 1798 in Berlin. Ab 1800 arbeitete er als Assessor in Posen, wurde strafversetzt nach Plozk in Polen.Etwa 1805 zog er nach Berlin, wo sich seine Begabung als Musiker, Zeichner und Schriftsteller vollends entwickeln konnte. Ab 1814 war er wieder am Kammergericht in Berlin angestellt. Hoffmann starb am 25.6.1822 in Berlin.
Janet Schulman has worked in children's book publishing for nearly forty years and is currently Editor-at-Large and Division Vice President of Random House and Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. She is the author of many books for children and is the editor of The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury: Celebrated Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud. Ms. Schulman lives in New York City.
Renee Graef received her bachelor's degree in art from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is the illustrator of numerous titles in the Little House publishing program, as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein's My Favorite Things and E.T.A Hoffman's The Nutcracker, adapted by Janet Schulman. She lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, with her husband and two children.