Hoffmann’s Nußknacker und Mausekönig is an extraordinarily innovative and unusual piece of writing for children, way ahead of its time in its complete. Nutcracker and Mouse King and the Tale of the Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann and Alexandre Dumas . See all books by E. T. A. Hoffmann, Alexandre Dumas. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (German: Nussknacker und Mausekönig) is a story written in by E. T. A. Hoffmann, a German.

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Hoffman Pictures by Maurice Sendak My ” in a nutshell” summary I think that Maurice Sendak was looking for a different kind of Nutcracker However, like the majority of translators in his position, hhe aim is to produce a story that English children will read easily.

In fulfilling this task, he restores Pirlipat to her former beauty. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? He too belongs to both the inner and the outer stories.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The editors and translators could profitably dig deeper next time around, enriching later editions with footnotes and annotations to the numerous German and French figures of speech and mousse. In this way a link is made between the inner and outer stories. Is someone pretty or not. Looking at the Astrologer or armed mice dressed as 17th century musketeers or gingerbread cookies come to life was a true delight.

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If you have never read this before you might want to give it a try! He had a big black patch over his right eye and no hair, for which reason he wore a very beautiful white wig, which was made of glass and very skilfully made.

Irresistible tales of magic, mystery, and childhood adventure, these timeless delights and fresh interpretations about the importance of imagination will captivate readers of all ages.

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Both Marie and Fritz have expectations related to their old toys. What I didn’t love This is a lovely book to have out during the holidays. They are quirky and what you expect from Maurice. The colors are vibrant and if you happen to be playing Tchaikovsky in the background, the better.

By this time Hamilton has introduced his readers to only three of the Facardins and given little hint as to how the threads of the story might satisfactorily be tied together. Not only is he the narrator of the embedded fairytale of Princess Pirlipat, but he is as it were the regisseur of the dramatic production that the entire work embodies.

By now, everyone, including Marie, had to know that the dainty little man was an offspring of the dynasty of Nutcrackers and was practicing his profession. Yet it was a one-off affair and did not stimulate further newly illustrated editions in the Edwardian era. A beautiful book to read and to look at. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

He is the last of the Christmas gifts that the children discover, and it is nowhere stated who has given him to the children. He exploited… More about E. Please try again later. This comparison is taken up again at the end of the chapter, after Fritz and Marie have fallen out on account of the Nutcracker and Marie has taken him under her wing. Nutcracker and Mouse King: Marie thinks Pirlipat ungrateful, while Fritz is sure that the Nutcracker can deal with the Mouse King and regain his former shape.

The original story is vastly different from the beloved ballet. When told to do so, Marie inserted a nut and—Crack! Grown to love her nutcracker dearly, Marie is determined to help him defeat the evil mouse king and break the spell that made him ugly. See all 16 reviews. I am not going to retell the Nutcracker story here. The more complex devices, involving perhaps years of skilled work, were made for kings and princes and were presented by them as gifts to other rulers.


Fritz, shocked that his hussars acquitted themselves so badly in the fight, gives them a dressing-down and takes a sabre from a pensioned-off colonel.

He was the silent hero and good guy that won. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Now isn’t that cute? Notes 1 Ronald J. From the Trade Paperback edition. Read this and re-watch Fantasiaor watch it for the first time if you’ve never seen it, before the Disney film comes out 2 November.

This is the full edition and it is night something you can read in a single bedtime story. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I think it appeals to little boys and girls alike, with Marie as the heroine, and her brother Fritze a leading man. Although Marie is explicitly stated not to have a natural aversion to mice, her initial reaction to them as ridiculous rapidly turns into fear and dread. Paperback88 pages.

Retrieved October 30, She asks Fritz for one, and he gives her the one from one of his toy nutctacker. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. With more than 1, titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

These are trivial faults in what is otherwise an engagingly readable conversion of Hoffmann into English.

This nut has to be bitten open by a man who has never shaved or worn boots and then given ane the princess with closed eyes, after which he must retreat seven steps and then open them.