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The Nutcracker

NutcrackerThis classic story about Christmas, toys, magic, adventure, and candy is great for both boys and girls of many ages. Children can experience it in several ways — read the story, hear the music, see a live performance, turn it into a craft project, or as we do at our house — dress the part.

Read a book:
Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann, illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Nutcracker Ballet by Vladimir Vagin
The Nutcracker: Classic Collectible Pop-Up by David A. Carter, illustrated by Noelle Carter.
The Nutcracker by Michael Hague and Sarah L. Thomson

Hear the music:
– Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker CD, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Mackerras

Listen to the music while reading along with the book: The Nutcracker hardcover with CD adapted by Janet Schulman and E. T. A. Hoffmann, illustrated by Renee Graef

See the show:
– The Nutcracker by Festival Ballet. Check website for date and times.

Watch the movie:
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker – New York City Ballet (1993)
Starring Darci Kistler, Damian Woetzel, Macaulay Culkin and directed by Emile Ardolino.
Running Time: 92 minutes
The Nutcracker (1977)
Starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland and directed by Tony Charmoli.
Running Time: 78 min

Make a craft:
Nutcracker Stickers by Dover Little Activity Books
– Cut & Assemble a Nutcracker Ballet Toy Theater: A Complete Production in Full Color
by Tom Tierney
Paint your own wooden Nutcracker

Dress the part:
We put together this Nutcracker costume with black poster board rolled and stapled together to form the hat, makeup for kids, a corduroy jacket, red shirt and black pants from home. Black boots from the local thrift shop. Sword, optional.

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  • Try to find this version — it is EXQUISITE.

    The Bolshoi At The Bolshoi – The Nutcracker ~ Yuri Grigorovich, Natalya Arkhipova, and Irek Mukhamedov (VHS Tape – 1990)