'Tis the season!
One of my daughters is a ballet dancer and she has danced in the Nutcracker since she was four-years-old. A couple of years ago, her dreams came true when she got to play the part of Clara. Such fun!
But a few months ago, I realized that since she'd always been in the Nutcracker, she'd never actually seen a live performance. I'm happy to say that this past weekend our schedules worked out (which is tricky during this busy month) and I was able to take my daughter to see an absolutely beautiful performance of the ballet in Jackson, Mississippi.
I'm officially in the Christmas spirit.
So ... you can imagine how excited I was to receive this beautiful book as a gift from Random House. And it is stunning.
How many of you knew that not only did Maurice Sendak illustrate E.T.A. Hoffmann's story upon which the Nutcracker Ballet is based, but that he designed the set and costumes for a performance by the Pacific Northwest Ballet? The performance is available as a movie, but I'm sad to report that it is only available as a VHS. Here's the trailer, though, which absolutely gives me CHILLS. I would love to see those backdrops, billboard sized. And those costumes!!!
In the NUTCRACKER book which was just rereleased by Random House, Maurice Sendak uses costume designs and backdrops that he created for the ballet as illustrations, and he painted additional pieces specific to E.T.A. Hoffman's story. The book itself is a piece of art, printed on beautiful paper. It is one of those books that the reader is meant to linger upon, savoring each detail and each piece of beauty that can be found on every page.
A perfect Christmas gift, yes? And I'd love to be able to give this copy away to a lucky reader, just enter the giveaway below. It closes on December 17th, so be sure to enter and spread the word!
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And if you don't happen to be one of the lucky winners or have more than one person in your life who would love this masterpiece, click here to order. And support your indies!!!