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The book shares author Charlotte Nebres' story, as the first Black dancer to be cast as Marie in the New York City Ballet's world-famous production of the The Nutcracker. Readers learn a bit about the hard work of being a ballet dancer.
Believing in yourself is very important. Do what you love, and leap for the stars. Seeing powerful people who look like you, is inspiring. Never be afraid to make history. Christmas is a magical time.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Charlotte and the Nutcracker: The True Story of a Girl Who Made Ballet History is a beautiful picture book. It highlights parts of the classic Christmas tale The Nutcracker and the true story of 12-year-old author and ballerina, Charlotte Nebres. She had to work very hard to become the first Black dancer to be cast in the starring role of Marie in the New York City ballet's world-famous production of The Nutcracker, and she appreciates being a role model for other children watching her. Holiday cheer, the importance of perseverance, and having passion for what you love are all central themes of the book.
Is It Any Good?
This warm picture book puts a modern spin on a holiday classic, and proves that representation matters. Charlotte and the Nutcracker: The True Story of a Girl Who Made Ballet History shares the inspiring and history-making story of author and ballerina Charlotte Nebres. This story will empower readers to chase their dreams, and it proves how powerful it is to see people who look like you in important positions. The book highlights holiday traditions of a multicultural family, and the strength of family love and support. Alea Marley's bright and dynamic illustrations from leap off the page and are filled with holiday magic and spirit.
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