We are starting to get into the Christmas mood here at the Let them be Small house and this means, of course, that we are now starting to get stuck into the Christmas books.
We have a good selection of Christmas books up in the loft and I’ll bring them down at the beginning of December, but for now, we have been enjoying one or two that we have been sent, as well as some from the local library.
A story that I had never read, or at least don’t recall reading, is The Nutcracker. We have read it as part of a Christmas Compendium and this year have been enjoying the fabulous Story Orchestra version from Quarto. The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker is simply beautiful and it has really captured the children’s imagination, particularly Mr D’s.
The book is sumptuously illustrated and each page has music from Tchaikovsky. I do enjoy the peacefulness and calm that classical music can bring and Mr D has been really taken with this book. It is beautiful and the clarity of the sound is perfect.
We have read this story so many times since the book arrived, and the children have since taken out other versions of the Nutcracker from the library (including a peculiar version about the Fairytale Hairdresser and a Hello Kitty version). We have watched YouTube videos of the ballet performances and listened to longer pieces of the music.
The children are really enjoying this story and we have been doing some Nutcracker themed sheets from Twinkl – maths sheets, colouring sheets and sequencing things. This pack here has plenty of things to sit alongside this wonderful book. I’ve had the sheets to hand for the children to do after breakfast when they’re often most receptive to ‘sitting’ and doing something whilst we all finish breakfast together and I can get ready for the day ahead.
I think in the new year we might explore the music in more detail and talk more about why certain music is played at certain times and to represent different characters. For now, however, we will just enjoy sharing this magnificent book together.
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I was sent a copy of The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker for the purpose of this review