The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker
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Follow Clara on a magical Christmas adventure in this musical retelling of The Nutcracker ballet by Katy Flint and illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle —push the button on each beautiful scene to hear the vivid sound of an orchestra playing from Tchaikovsky’s score.
The story follows Clara in her dreams as she battles and defeats a mouse king, then travels with her nutcracker-turned-prince to the Land of Sweets where she watches its enchanting inhabitants perform beautiful dances. Your Wee Bee will follow along the journey through the magical scenes, pressing the buttons to hear 10 excerpts from the ballet’s music, including “The Waltz of the Flowers,” “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “The Russian Dance,” and the awesome “Finale.”
At the back of the book, find a short biography of the composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, with details about his composition of The Nutcracker ballet. Next to this, you can replay the musical excerpts and, for each of them, read a discussion of the instruments, rhythms, and musical techniques that make them so powerful. A glossary defines musical terms.
To operate sound on book: please pull the white tab out of the back of the book before use. Sound buttons require a firm push in exact location to work, which may be hard for young children. All sound clips are 10 seconds long.
Recommended for ages: 3+
SAFETY WARNING: These items are intended for children over the age of 3 and may contain small parts that could be considered a choking hazard.