retold by: Mark A. Taylor
Classic Tale with a Strange Ending
The tale of the Nutcracker is well known thanks to the ballet. This particular retelling is naturally severely abbreviated, as is appropriate for a picture book. The book follows along the truncated path with cute illustrations. Indeed, my only complaint is that at the very end - after Clara wakes up - this rendition has the Nutcracker smile and think! I wish the ending excluded this addition, as it is rather unnecessary.
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