I have this book and love it, of course. I'd always wished I could see this 1986 version of Tchaikovsky's NUTCRACKER SUITE, designed by the great illustrator and writer, Maurice Sendak and finally, I have. Netflix currently has it for streaming! What a treat!
When my daughter was young we used to take her almost every year to see this wonderful ballet during the Christmas season. Mostly at the Paper Mill Playhouse in NJ, but also once, the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. It was always magical. When my granddaughter is old enough, I'm hoping her mom and dad will carry on the tradition.
Adding a couple of youtube links so you can view a few of the dances from the film. Just in case you don't have access to Netflix, I understand the film is available from Amazon On Demand, it is also available as a dvd purchase and for minimal fee downloading from various internet sources.
Link to the Spanish, Arabian, Chinese and Russian dance segments.
Link to the beautiful Forest interlude and the Waltz of the Snowflakes.
The Nutcracker Trailer.
Film directed by Carroll Ballard.