The Story of the Nutcracker


Author: E. T. A. Hoffmann

9780486291536 | PB | pp. 96 | 1996 | Dover Publications

This is the story of a little girl’s love for an enchanted nutcracker. This inspired Tchaikovsky’s ballet of the same name. A Christmas time favorite to entertain young readers from all over the world.

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Originally written in the early twentieth century, the story of a little girl’s love for an enchanted nutcracker has delighted generations of readers, while the Tchaikovsky ballet based on the tale has become a holiday tradition.
Now young children can enjoy this beloved classic in a specially abridged version by Bob Blaisdell. Included are all the wonderful scenes and characters: Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum house, the arrival of Godpapa Drosselmeier and the presentation of the Nutcracker, the fierce battle between the Nutcracker and the seven-headed Mouse King, the adventures in Christmas Wood, Toyland, Marzipan Castle, and much more.
Printed in large easy-to-read type and enhanced with 30 new illustrations by Thea Kliros, this Christmas favorite will entertain young readers the year round.

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E. T. A. Hoffmann







Year of Publication:



Dover Publications





Country of Origin:

United States of America

About the Author

The author (1776–1822) was also an artist, and composer who is best remembered for his story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice.


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