The Nutcracker Ballet (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3)
The Nutcracker Ballet - Step-Into-Reading, Step 3 Author:Deborah Hautzig, Carolyn Ewing (Illustrator) Illus. in full color. In simple, clear language, children can follow the story of the Christmas ballet themselves, from the opening Christmas Eve party scene to the closing scene in which Marie and her Nutcracker prince bid farewell to the Land of the Sweets.
What a delightful introduction to the Nutcracker Ballet. This story would be ideal for introducing a child to the ballet before attending a performance, as as a reinforcement after the fact. The illustrations beautifully depict the the flow of the original story with colors as bright and fanciful as the ballet I remember as a child!