Woodland Nutcracker

Woodland Nutcracker

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It is Christmas Eve in the forest and bear cubs Clara and Peter have been busy all day helping their parents prepare for the festive night. Finally, it is time to open Grandpa's handmade gifts. There are dancing puppets on strings, colourful tin soldiers and, most splendid of all, a carved nutcracker bear. When Clara can't sleep that night, she goes down to see the Nutcracker. Entering the moonlit living room she is astonished to find a battle between the field mice and the Nutcracker with his band of tin soldiers. As Clara calls a truce, the Nutcracker grows before her eyes into a real bear, takes her hand in his and leads her on a fantastic voyage. Avril Tyrrell's spare and evocative prose remains true to the original Nutcracker story and Frances Tyrrell's gorgeous animals and woodland settings, full of stunning detail and vibrant colours, are the perfect finishing touch. Visit Frances Tyrrell's personal website at: http://www.francestyrrell.com/
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, c1999
ISBN: 9781552631249
Branch Call Number: JP/Hoffm 359401 1
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill
Additional Contributors: Tyrrell, Avril 1931-
Tyrrell, Frances 1959-


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SPL_Childrens Dec 20, 2013

Christmas is a time of tradition, a time to hear favourite holiday stories once again. These are a few children’s favourites from years past.

On Christmas Eve in the forest, Clara, a bear cub, unwrapped a wooden Nutcracker Bear, carved by her grandpa. Later that night she awoke to witness a battle between the Nutcracker, his tin soldiers, and the field mice. When Clara called a Christmas Truce, the Nutcracker became real and took her on a fantastical voyage through the Milky Way to Ursa Major. There, in a glittering palace, the bears honoured Clara for her courage in declaring the truce, dancing and performing for her. Clara was entranced!

Later, just as she began to feel a little tired and homesick, she was whisked home again - with the gift of a special telescope to remind her of that magical evening.

Tyrrell’s retelling is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original classic, and the lovely, detailed illustrations of Frances Tyrrell have been given many Canadian touches.

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