The Nutcracker And the Mouse-King E. T. A. Hoffmann, Lisbeth Zwerger (Illustrator)

In one of those weird coincidence, just as soon as I bought The Nutcracker (illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger) from Amazon, I stumbled upon an earlier version, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, at a local library sale for a dollar! In this version the story is a fuller version of the original story from E.T.A. Hoffman (retold by Anthea Bell) and the illustrations are a little more in the traditional mode-more true illustrations of events in the story rather than art inspired and informed by the...

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The Nutcracker – E. T. A. Hoffman, Lisbeth Zwerger (Illustrator)

My continuing obsession fascination with the illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger connected with my daughter’s interest in The Nutcracker and led to my doing something I hadn’t done before: buy one of her books new.  I was tempted into buying this version of The Nutcracker which offers E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic story retold by Susanne Koppe and illustrated by my girl Zwerger. For nearly two hundred years, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale of the Nutcracker has enchanted readers, inspired...

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The Nutcracker – E. T. A. Hoffman, Lisbeth Zwerger (Illustrator)

My continuing obsession fascination with the illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger connected with my daughter’s interest in The Nutcracker and led to my doing something I hadn’t done before: buy one of her books new.  I was tempted into buying this version of The Nutcracker which offers E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic story retold by Susanne Koppe and illustrated by my girl Zwerger. For nearly two hundred years, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale of the Nutcracker has enchanted readers, inspired...

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Little Red Cap by Brothers Grimm,Lisbeth Zwerger (Illustrator)

We haven’t discussed a Lisbeth Zwerger book here in a while so as we head toward 2012 lets sneak in one more book.  I picked up Little Red Cap – the story most people know as Little Red Ridding Hood – recently and, not surprisingly, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Children’s Literature review: This is a reissue of the book that originally was published in 1987. It is a version of the beloved tale of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Once again, children become acquainted...

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Swan Lake by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Lisbeth Zwerger

Our tour of Lisbeth Zwerger books in my collection continues today with Swan Lake.  Most people think of the ballet when they think Swan Lake but it was initially written as a one-act fairy tale dance piece for the children of his sister.  It wasn’t until four years later that he was commissioned to create the ballet of the same title.  As Zwerger relates in her author note, the presentation of this most famous of all ballets was a disaster.  Sixteen years later, and...

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