Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Nutcracker Comes to America by Chris Barton - ADVISABLE

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

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