BabyLit(R) is a fashionable way to introduce your baby to the world of classic literature With this colorfully illustrated board book version of the classic Christmas-time ballet, Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver present a new holiday favorite, The Nutcracker: A BabyLit(R) Dancing Primer. This board book features soldiers marching, mice prancing, snowflakes swirling, dolls bending, and buffoons skipping as a way to introduce basic movement terms to babies and toddlers. Jennifer Adams is the author of many books including Remarkably Jane: Notable Quotations on Jane Austen and the popular Edgar the Raven series. Jennifer works as a writer and editor in Salt Lake City, Utah. Alison Oliver runs Sugar design studio. Her design portfolio includes everything from logos to packaging and product design for clients such as Chronicle Books, Citibabes, and Aerie. She lives in New York.
I love the concept of this book (and really all the BabyLit books!)—introducing children to classic literature and culture at their own level. The illustrations are gorgeous (my favorite part of this book!) and I like how well this format lends itself to varied reading depending on the age and development of the little listener (I can just read my son the story portion, focus on the action portions and act it out, etc.), but it hasn’t had any particular interest to my 18 month old.
The illustrations in this book are gorgeous! I think this book does a great job of taking elements from The Nutcracker to expose younger children to the story, though there isn’t actually a storyline.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Washington. She has 20 years’ experience as a book editor, including at Gibbs Smith and Quirk Books. She currently works as a consulting editor for Sounds True, developing their children’s line. Jennifer works some evenings at her local independent bookstore, The King’s English, to feed her book habit. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Bill Dunford, who is also a writer.