The Story Orchestra presents The Nutcracker

Posted on October 30th, 2017

There is something quite endearing about an old fashioned Christmas. Traditional stories of magic and cheer have gripped imaginations for decades. Quarto Kids have a delightful range of books bringing classical music together with classical stories. The latest is perfectly timed for Christmas and will have little ones dreaming of sugar plums and fairies. This is where the ballet festive favourite, The Nutcracker, dances into life with Tchaikovsky’s famous orchestral music.  If you have a little one excited for all that is festive and fun this season, why not take a step back from the modern images and sounds and indulge in a little traditional fantasy with this beautiful fusion of story and music.


The Story Orchestra Book The Nutcracker

What we love about The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker.

Each double page spread is a new scene from the ballet, supported by the original music. Not surprisingly the music fits a treat and brings the pages to life. It is the kind of story children will want to listen to over and over, imaginations developing with each repetition.  The illustrations by Jessica Courtney – Tickle are packed with detail so there is always something new to focus on with each read yet the pictures perfectly follow the story line of Clara with her magical present of the Nutcracker.


Double Page from the Nutcracker Book The Story Orchestra


With a bibliography of Tchaikovsky at the back and a glossary to help you understand the music there is real educational value in the book. It even invites you to listen to the clips alone and direct your own scenes to go with them.


The Story Orchestra The Nutcracker book with music from Tchaikovsky

Need to Know Facts

Retail Price: £14.99.
Illustrated by: Jessica Courtney – Tickle.
Produced by: Frances Lincoln for Quarto Kids.
Suitable for: Age 4/5 plus.
Available from: Quarto Kids online.
Format: Hardback, 24 pages, 10 music clips to press.
Batteries included:  3*AG – 13 button cell batteries.


Check out our little excerpt from the Nutcracker to see if The Story Orchestra book is for you.


Win your copy of The Nutcracker from The Story Orchestra Series 

For your chance to win this delightful story book set to music simply follow the instructions below:


The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker


We were sent our copy of the Nutcracker which we have enjoyed reading and left in the Coombe Mill Games Room for our holiday guests to enjoy this Christmas Season. All thoughts and opinions expressed on the book here are my own.