Classical Kids Storytime: 'The Nutcracker'

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'The Nutcracker': The magical sleigh led the Prince and Clara to an entire kingdom made of desserts. Nancy Carlson for MPR
15min 50sec : Classical Kids Storytime: The Nutcracker

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Go on a magical adventure with a girl named Clara as she is whisked away by a nutcracker prince to the Kingdom of Sweets. Give the gift of classical music by sharing this classic tale — and Tchaikovsky's unforgettable melodies — with your little ones this holiday season.

It's the latest episode of Classical Kids Storytime, featuring illustrations by acclaimed children's author Nancy Carlson!

Be sure to explore the gallery below for more illustrations by Carlson.

Click the player above or YouTube video below to listen, or download the story to your own device for easy playback at any time.

More: Other Classical Kids Storytime adventures

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Educators: Classical Kids Storytime meets Common Core Standards



Peter Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (excerpts)
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir, conducted by Alexander Vedernikov

Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.


Storyteller: Steve Seel
Writers: Steve Seel and Valerie Kahler
Illustrations: Nancy Carlson
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Digital producer: Seiji Cataldo
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Program director: Julie Amacher

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'The Nutcracker': One December night, a very long time ago, a little girl named Clara was celebrating Christmas Eve, in a big way. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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'The Nutcracker': Clara let out a little shriek when she noticed a little mouse peeking out of a hole in the wall. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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'The Nutcracker': Clara's Godfather announced that he had one more toy for his goddaughter: a wooden Nutcracker, carved in the shape of a little toy soldier. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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'The Nutcracker': Cousin Fritz snatched the Nutcracker out of Clara's hands, and when she tried to get it back, he and the cousins played keep-away. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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'The Nutcracker': Clara crawled beneath the tree to check on the Nutcracker one last time and ended up falling asleep right there. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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'The Nutcracker': Out of nowhere, gigantic mice dressed in army uniforms began to circle the room. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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'The Nutcracker': The Mouse King and the Nutcracker Captain faced off in a one-on-one sword fight. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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'The Nutcracker': The magical sleigh led the Prince and Clara to an entire kingdom made of desserts. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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'The Nutcracker': The Sugar Plum Fairy, who was a perfect ballerina, invited them to a grand feast, including dancers from Spain. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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'The Nutcracker': Chinese dancers delivered Mandarin tea. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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'The Nutcracker': Russian men in fur hats and loud boots delivered candy canes. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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'The Nutcracker': Mother Ginger danced in, and eight little ginger children came tumbling out from under the frosting ruffles of her gingerbread skirt. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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The Nutcracker: The dreamy sound of a harp announced the entrance of an entire garland of flowers, who danced in beautiful mesmerizing patterns as a single dewdrop floated above them. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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'The Nutcracker': Clara wanted to stay awake for the journey back through the snow forest but she just couldn't keep her eyes open. Nancy Carlson for MPR