Beautiful Christmas Books – The Nutcracker (& Giveaway)

Beautiful Christmas Books – The Nutcracker (& Giveaway)

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.

image from the story orchestra The nutcracker book

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.

image from the story orchestra The nutcracker book

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



  1. 22nd November 2017 / 07:26

    This looks lovely, what a great way to introduce children to classical music. I saw The Nutcracker ballet years ago (pre-kids) and loved the story.

    • 22nd November 2017 / 07:29

      the children adore it – it’s such a beautiful book x

  2. Lynne Manton
    22nd November 2017 / 07:35

    What a beautiful book!

  3. stuart hargreaves
    22nd November 2017 / 07:38

    Nothing beats the Christmas Carol – need I say Charles Dickens

  4. 22nd November 2017 / 08:04

    i really lloved the snowman x

  5. laura stewart
    22nd November 2017 / 10:09

    i like the snowman classic!

  6. Dawn Samples
    22nd November 2017 / 10:46

    I like A Christmas Carol as it has meaning to it x

  7. iain maciver
    22nd November 2017 / 11:08

    a Christmas carol my favourite

  8. leanne weir
    22nd November 2017 / 16:33

    Twas the night before christmas….

  9. Kerry Kilmister
    22nd November 2017 / 17:29

    The Night Before Christmas. I read it to my girls every Christmas Eve

  10. Solange
    22nd November 2017 / 18:37

    The Snowman.

  11. lozzle77
    22nd November 2017 / 19:42

    i always like the snowman

  12. lindsay chadburn
    22nd November 2017 / 20:30

    we love twas the night before xmas

  13. olivia280177
    22nd November 2017 / 20:36

    Love any variation on A Christmas Carol

  14. Dawn Hull
    22nd November 2017 / 20:49

    Our favourite has to be the classic – The Night Before Christmas.

  15. Corinne Henson
    22nd November 2017 / 21:03

    ”Twas the night before Christmas”. as we were always read it on Christmas Eve by my mum x

  16. Ashleigh Allan
    22nd November 2017 / 21:21

    The night before Christmas

  17. Heather Hibbert
    22nd November 2017 / 22:18

    Has to be the snowman

  18. Lynsey Buchanan
    23rd November 2017 / 03:40

    My favourite Christmas book is Stickman

  19. Michelle smith
    23rd November 2017 / 13:32

    The Snowman is lovely with such beautiful illustrations

  20. Rebecca Cusick
    24th November 2017 / 06:17

    The Snowman is my favourite x

  21. Helen Stratton
    25th November 2017 / 10:19

    A Christmas Carol

  22. Jade Hewlett
    25th November 2017 / 13:55

    My favourite Christmas book is called An Angel Just Like Me as I remember reading it with my gran as a child and it has such a great message to the story

  23. Lorraine Stone
    25th November 2017 / 20:18

    We like The Jolly Postman

  24. June Lord
    26th November 2017 / 11:40

    My favourite children’s book is The Grinch that Stole Christmas and my favourite older child/adult book is A Christmas Carol

  25. Sally Collingwood
    27th November 2017 / 14:22

    Jack Frost

  26. Angela Treadway
    27th November 2017 / 16:11

    thats not my santa x

  27. Fiona waterworth
    27th November 2017 / 19:26

    twas the night before christmas

  28. Marion
    27th November 2017 / 20:25

    ’twas The Night Before Christmas, also Puppy’s First Christmas.

  29. Lynda Jones
    27th November 2017 / 22:29

    The night before Christmas

  30. Christina Palmer
    29th November 2017 / 19:21

    The Snowman

  31. 1st December 2017 / 16:14

    The Children’s book One Snowy Night has been enjoyed by my three children

  32. Ruth Harwood
    2nd December 2017 / 11:22

    A christmas carol

  33. Karen hutchinson
    4th December 2017 / 14:45

    A very Marley Christmas – a Christmas version of Marley the dog – my son has loved it since he was 3

  34. Rich Tyler
    5th December 2017 / 16:57

    Stick Man – my little boy loves it

  35. Michelle Ferguson
    6th December 2017 / 19:21

    A Christmas Carol is a classic book

  36. Kev Cannon
    7th December 2017 / 10:41

    My favourite christmas book is Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol

  37. prendy2uk
    8th December 2017 / 06:26

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

  38. Ursula Hunt
    8th December 2017 / 11:05

    The Night Before Christmas

  39. adeinne tonner
    8th December 2017 / 17:19

    Has to be the polar express i love that book.

  40. Diana
    8th December 2017 / 22:20

    The Stickman 🙂

  41. Lisa Wilkinson
    9th December 2017 / 10:12

    Twas The Night Before Christmas

  42. Susan B
    9th December 2017 / 12:48

    The Polar Express book is one the children remember so I guess that makes it our favourite.

  43. ashley hunter
    9th December 2017 / 15:33

    Love this book!

  44. Laura Pritchard
    9th December 2017 / 15:35

    Stickman, it’s a lovely story!

  45. Jenny Rogers
    9th December 2017 / 16:57

    The illustrated poem ‘ Twas the night before Christmas..’

    9th December 2017 / 21:22

    Mogs christmas, grandson loves his story time with grandma

  47. Sarah Austin
    9th December 2017 / 21:24

    The snowman!

  48. Sam Parkes
    9th December 2017 / 22:26

    The night before xmas

  49. A.E. ADKINS
    10th December 2017 / 04:33

    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

  50. sarah parker
    10th December 2017 / 07:34

    the night before christmas

  51. Allan Fullarton
    10th December 2017 / 11:37

    The Snowman – classic, love the music.

  52. janine atkin
    10th December 2017 / 13:28

    a christmas carol is my fav 🙂

  53. francis lee
    10th December 2017 / 14:24

    The snowman is my fave

  54. Tee simpson
    10th December 2017 / 16:20

    Father christmas needs a wee

  55. lynn neal
    10th December 2017 / 16:53

    The Snowman

  56. Katrina Adams
    10th December 2017 / 19:44

    The Polar Express (it’s also one of my favourite Christmas movies)

  57. Adrian Bold
    10th December 2017 / 19:50

    Twas The Night Before Christmas

  58. Tammy Neal
    10th December 2017 / 20:18

    The snowman x

  59. Kirsteen Mackay
    10th December 2017 / 22:00

    Foxes in the snow is a lovely little book my toddler loves about the first time two fox cubs play in the snow.

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