The Nutcracker (Mini People Shape Books)
By Giovanni Caviezel • Andrea Lorini • Roberta Pagnoni, Illustrator • Laura Rigo, Illustrator

A little girl named Marie receives a Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve–and finds him fighting an evil Mouse King! Can Marie save him? Barron’s Mini Shape Books feature simply told stories that are perfect for beginning readers or for reading aloud to preschoolers. Cut into the shapes of their main characters, these rugged and appealing little board books are just the right size for tiny hands.

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