Barton, Chris The Nutcracker Comes to America, illustrated by Cathy Gendron. PICTURE BOOK. Millbrook (Lerner), 2015. $20.
The story of the Nutcracker in America starts in Brigham City, Utah, with the birth of a trio of brothers, Harold, Willam, and Lew Christensen. Read about the paths of their lives and careers and the birth of a holiday tradition that has spread throughout the U.S.and taken many different forms and incorporated a wide variety of styles in this excellent Barton/Gendron collaboration.
While the book is more about the history of the Christensen’s and the ballet, the history will appeal to anyone ever involved in a production or someone who faithfully attends every year. And Utah should share a little of the home state pride.
EL - ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher