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The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brother Created a Holiday Tradition by Chris Barton, illustrated by Cathy Gendron
This is the perfect time of year to reminisce about the tradition of going to the Nutcracker Ballet and learn all about it. It was tradition when Libby and Katie were growing up for us to dress up and go see The Nutcracker every year with friends . We've seen it many times in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, and the girls have a Nutcracker collection, so I was excited to hear about Chris Barton's new book about its history. Barton's strong voice, creative lead, and research about how the Christensen brothers of Utah brought the Russian ballet to America will appeal to many kids who, like my daughters, enjoy the show every year. Beautiful paintings by illustrator Cathy Gendron grace the pages and bring to life the magic of the ballet. I had the pleasure of hearing Chris Barton speak about his writing process at NCTE 2015 (on Alyson Beecher's panel) and (shhh!) had him sign two of his books for Christmas Eve presents. This is also a tradition in our house. I give Libby and Katie a Christmas-themed picture book every Christmas Eve along with pajamas. Even though they are 22 and 19, the tradition continues!
Photo to the left is Libby and Katie in 2002 at the Pittsburgh Nutcracker performance, holding the newest additions to their collection.