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|Nutcracker comes to America : how three ballet-loving brothers created a holiday tradition|
Author: Barton, Chris
One hundred years ago, hardly anyone in the United States had heard of an old Russian ballet called The Nutcracker. So how did it become an American holiday tradition?
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 178069
Kirkus Reviews (09/01/15)
School Library Journal (+) (10/01/15)
Booklist (+) (09/15/15)
The Hornbook (00/11/15)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/15/2015 *Starred Review* William, Harold, and Lew Christensen grew up in a small Utah town in the early 1900s. When they discovered ballet, they worked hard at it and took their acrobatic dancing to vaudeville, where they learned showmanship as well. Later, William staged selections from The Nutcracker in Portland, while Harold and Lew danced in New York. In the 1940s, Lew served in WWII and William and Harold worked with the San Francisco Ballet, mounting the first full production of The Nutcracker in the U.S. Restaged by the three brothers in 1949, it became an annual holiday tradition. Best known for writing the Sibert Honor Book The Day-Glo Brothers (2009), not to mention Shark vs. Train (2010), Barton offers a lively, colorful text and follows up with a very informative time line, illustrated with period photos, in the back matter. In her picture-book debut, Gendron turns in a virtuoso performance. Her handsome illustrations capture the distinctive posture and poise of ballet dancers, while portraying even minor characters as individuals. Suffused with light and warmth, the varied, imaginative paintings include dynamic textured effects as well as an inventively used ribbon to tie pages together. Even readers familiar with The Nutcracker will probably learn a good deal from this engaging picture book. Bravo! Brava! - Copyright 2015 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 10/01/2015 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. VERDICTA terrific choice for fans of The Nutcracker and all things ballet.—Virginia Walter UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.