Every year around Christmas, thanks to the perennially popular ballet 'The Nut Cracker', children have visions of sugar-plum fairies dancing in their heads - and onstage. So what better gift than this enchanting paperback version of John Cech's retelling of E.T.A Hoffman's classic tale, which covers not only ballet, but also other wondrous adventures? Featuring illuminous illustrations by Eric Puybaret and folded flyleaf's ('French flaps'), this book belongs under every child's tree.
John Cech is a professor of English, teaching courses in children's literature at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is also the director of the Center for Children's Literature and Culture. John has served as a judge for TheNew York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, was president of the Children's Literature Association, and won the Chandler Award of Merit for his work in children's literature. He lives in Gainesville, FL. Eric Puybaret was born in France, and graduated from the cole Nationale Sup rieure des Arts D coratifs in Paris. He is the illustrator of many books for young readers including the bestselling Puff, the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton (Sterling).