by Jane Ray
A gift edition of a much loved ballet story set during the magic of Christmas Eve.
On Christmas Eve, the Ernst family open their doors wide for all of their friends and family. Clara is super-excited. Most of all, she looks forward to the arrival of her godfather, Herr Drosselmeyr, a toymaker who wears a gorgeous cloak of gifts. This year, Clara is given a curious wooden nutcracker, a toy which is magicked to life that very night in a story set in a crystallised winter garden of sweets! Stars a Mouse King, Madame Bon Bon, Chinese acrobats and, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Ray's fantastic storytelling is accompanied, as always, by her exquisite gold-gilded artwork. Ray is passionate about 'casual' inclusion- her cast of characters is often multicultural and here there is a character with an eye patch. A beautiful, satisfyingly heavy (to hold) book with an equally satisfyingly rich story. Age 5-8, Hardback 29pp