Winter Magic- The Nutcracker

45 min.

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How Old Are Fairy Tales?


Compare a retelling to an earlier version of a family classic

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What elements make a story last for many generations??

Read through the "Who wrote the Nutcracker"

Author T.E. Morrow and illustrator James Ransome provide a retelling of the Nutcracker :

The Nutcracker in Harlem

From the author's note:

"Years ago, I was hired as a stagehand for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, a ballet company and dance school based in the Sugar Hill Neighborhood of Harlem in New York City...When my wife suggested I write a retelling of her favorite Christmas story, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" by E.T.A. Hoffman, it seemed natural for me to set my retelling in Sugar Hill...I wanted my version of the story to be set in the place where I had seen the power of music and dance transform, people, performers, and audiences alike."