Sarah's Stars

Karen Kain. The Nutcracker.
Paintings by Rajka Kupesic
Tundra  $24.99  ISBN 0-88776-696-X  28 pg.
Reviewed by Sarah, Age 15

The Nutcracker is a beautiful book, one that should be on everyone’s Christmas bookshelf. This new edition of the classic story is overflowing with charming paintings and, of course, the story that has been loved for generations. Deep, rich colour fills every page along with a stylish border that sets off the book perfectly. Rajka Kupesic has captured a touch of gold in each page. With its hardcover and gilded pages this book is the perfect holiday gift.

I think that The Nutcracker is an excellent book for young children, or even as a festive family story. Each page is inviting and the pictures are perfectly detailed so that anyone who isn’t reading would be able to enjoy the art. The paintings also reflected the story well, so that one might be capable of “reading” along using only the illustrations. For me, this book is a four-star read since I wouldn’t read it unless it was Christmastime!


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