The Nutcracker Book


The New York City Ballet presents a classic ballet tale for a modern ballet lover with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, a holiday favorite.

The New York City Ballet is known for showcasing classic stories of the ballet with their trademark stylish and modern sensibility. For the first time, this beloved holiday story is told based on George Balanchine’s quintessential production. The storyline of this gorgeous picture book mimics the choreography of the famous ballet and the illustrations are inspired by the backdrops and scenery from the actual production.

The New York City Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker is considered to be “the” leading production in the world. A holiday tradition for many families, now readers who can’t travel to New York will be able to experience this colorful celebratory story. A must-have for every aspiring ballerina’s library and a holiday tradition for every family’s bookshelf.

**Docampo's illustrations and the text are based on George Balanchine's staging of the Tchaikovsky work by the New York City Ballet. This is an approachable version of the story that will especially appeal to children who have seen the performance in person or on television. The stylized paintings have a whimsical, dramatic feel, full of sweeping curves and exaggerated features. The rich palette and shadowy lighting firmly plant the action on a stage.


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