December 12, 2017

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The Nutcracker Comes to America by Chris Barton | SLJ Review

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bookcover-nutcrackerBARTON, Chris. The Nutcracker Comes to America. illus. by Cathy Gendron. 36p. chron. ebook available. further reading. photos. Millbrook. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781467721516.
Gr 2-5–This well-researched history tells how three brothers from a small town in Utah came together to present the first full-length version of The Nutcracker in America. That performance on Christmas Eve, 1944, at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco started a holiday tradition that continues to this day in cities across the United States. Gendron’s colorful illustrations capture the historical setting and the action and drama onstage and off. Back matter includes a time line with black-and-white photos, a summary of the story line, and suggestions for further reading. VERDICT A terrific choice for fans of The Nutcracker and all things ballet.–Virginia Walter UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

This review was published in School Library Journal’s October issue. 

 

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