Book A Day December: The Nutcracker Papercut Pop-Up Book

For the month of December, we will be featuring (at least) a book a day leading up to Christmas.  Start a Christmas tradition of reading a new book each day this month until Christmas Eve.  You can get books from the library or pick up new ones to add to your home library while you are out shopping for the holidays.  Our books will range from board books for infants and toddlers, to chapter books for teens, to craft books for the holidays to books for adults.  Let us know if you pick up one either at a bookstore or the library and what you think about it.

To check out a full list of books from our Book a Day December 2017, click here.


the nutcracker

We just love books and we’ve seen so many amazing books this fall and winter that our Book a Day December may be finding itself a new name as we are more than likely going to feature 2 or more books each day leading up to Christmas. One of our favorite stories this time of year is The Nutcracker, and this beautiful book brings it to life in the extraordinary papercuts.

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You are more than likely familiar with the story of the Nutcracker…..

When the clock strikes midnight,
Clara’s nutcracker toy takes her on a magical journey.
Mice become soldiers, candy canes transform into dancers,
and an enchanted castle emerges out of the mist.

The magic of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker comes to life in this theatrical pop-up book created by papercut artist Shobhna Patel, whose delicate laser-cut pop-ups will enchant readers young and old. Patel has invented a new paper-engineering technique called the “paperscope,” which is used for the first time in this charming book.

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The classic story begins on Christmas Eve when a little girl named Clara and her brother Fritz are gathered around the Christmas tree to celebrate with family and friends. Their mysterious uncle, Drosselmeyer the toy maker, gives Clara a beautiful wooden nutcracker who magically comes to life when the clock strikes midnight. So begins an enchanting adventure featuring all of Tchaikovsky’s original characters: the soldier mice, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and of course a handsome prince.

nutcracker interior

The Nutcracker is made all the more extraordinary by Patel’s intricate laser-cut illustrations. The book features four pop-up paperscopes that spring to life when the reader presses each paperscope down with their hand to reveal the scene hidden within. The effect is one of a magical series of stage sets, recalling the story’s origins as a ballet.