The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King


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Marie kept gazing at the dear little man, whom she had loved at first sight, and she saw what a kind face he had. His pale-green, slightly protuberant eyes expressed nothing but friendliness and goodwill. And the neat white cotton-wool beard on his chin suited the little man very well, setting off the sweet smile of his bright-red mouth.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is well-loved by many as the inspiration for Tchaikovsky's famous ballet, performed as a Christmas spectacle the world over. The ballet was based on a French retelling of the story, and Hoffmann's German original is rarely translated in its entirety. In addition to telling the familiar tale of the gentle young girl and her love for the enchanted Nutcracker, who leads the toy soldiers in a battle against the wicked Mouse King and whisks her away to the Land of Toys, the original text also includes the story of the cursed Princess Pirlipat and the hard nut, which explains the background of how the poor Nutcracker came to be. This sumptuous volume, published to celebrate the bicentenary of the tale's first publication, brings together the complete, unabridged German classic in a new translation by the eminent translator Anthea Bell, with more than 70 breathtaking illustrations by the award-winning artist Robert Ingpen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786750334
Publisher: Palazzo Editions
Publication date: 08/31/2016
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 361,719
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Robert Ingpen was born in 1936 in Geelong, Australia and still lives and works nearby in Barwon Heads. He studied illustration art and book design at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. In 1986, he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his contribution to children s literature and he has been honoured with Membership of the Order of Australia. Alice Through the Looking-Glass is the thirteenth title in his highly acclaimed series of children s classics, which have now been published in many editions around the world. The other titles are: Peter Pan and Wendy Treasure Island The Jungle Book The Wind in the Willows A Christmas Carol Alice s Adventures in Wonderland The Adventures of Tom Sawyer The Secret Garden The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Around the World in Eighty Days Just So Stories The Adventures of Pinocchio

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