Exclusive, all new in 2012: Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Storybook! Featuring 50 pages of colorful illustrations, painted exclusively for Moscow Ballet by Olga Larionova of St. Petersburg Academy of Art Repin Institute, this book is based on the original story by E.T.A. Hoffman, with elements of the Great Russian Nutcracker tale (which is also based on Hoffman's story). Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker story, set in turn-of-the-century Moscow, follows the young Masha (known traditionally as Clara), as she travels through a wondrous, dream-like Christmas Eve. She is accompanied by her Nutcracker Prince along the journey through the Land of Peace and Harmony, and with Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden). This is the perfect winter story for readers of any age, children and adults alike!