The Nutcracker

Author and Illustrator:  Susan Jeffers

9780060743864_p0_v3_s260x420What little girl, upon hearing The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, has not twirled and danced around the room?  The music of this enchanting ballet is quite well-known, although scenes of the ballet itself are often absent in books available for children.  Instead, they all seem to have intricate and lengthy  texts.

The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers will be a book your child will cherish.  Her lovely detailed illustrations will captivate even the youngest reader, as they watch young Marie and her Nutcracker Prince walk “through falling snowflakes to a waiting boat that flew them through the night. ”  And then – the Sugar Plum Fairy led the Prince and Marie to  their seats of honor.

Pink roses waltzed.  At last, the Sugar Plum Fairy danced.  She seemed lighter than air. And all little girls who have danced to that special and enchanting song will see it illustrated so beautifully.

The sweet story of Marie’s bravery and love to save her Nutcracker Prince is one of the world’s most beloved holiday fairy tales.

Mary Byrne Kline

LINKHere is Susan Jeffers, some of her gorgeous artwork and a description of how she worked to make illustrations in The Nutcracker.


Photo images which inspired the illustrated pages.