Cover image for The Harlem Nutcracker
Title:
The Harlem Nutcracker
Author:
Kuklin, Susan.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children/Jump at the Sun, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
A retelling of the classic story of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet, featuring an African American grandmother and her family and set in Harlem.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780786806331
Format :
Book

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Material Type
Home Location
Status
Frank E. Merriweather Library PZ8.K94 HA 2001 Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
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This innovative interpretation of The Nutcracker ballet combines the beauty and sizzle of the Harlem Renaissance nightclubs, the power of true love, and the magic of Christmas.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Choreographer Byrd collaborates with photographer Kuklin (Dance) for this African-American take on a holiday classic. Here, Clara is a widowed grandmother living in Harlem, and a family feud breaks out on Christmas Eve. When Death pays a call, Clara fends him off with her nutcracker (her late husband, Gus). Clara reviews her life, ? la Scrooge, then comes a family reconciliation and, after Clara passes the nutcracker on to her grandson, she surrenders to Death. Although the volume celebrates the importance of cultural and family ties, the narrative meanders (e.g., "Everyone liked the Dominicans because they were kind and they were fun") and the photos are uncharacteristically grainy. Ages 8-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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